The work-life balance

acrylic aquariumsI want to return today to the subject of balance. Not balance in the physical sense, as in the balance someone might need when walking the high wire or riding a bicycle. No we are talking about balance in the metaphysical sense. This is often referred to as the work-life balance.

The “work–life balance” as a concept means the correct prioritizing between ones career and ambition and health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development. It was an expression first used in the UK in the late 1970s to describe the striking of a balance between an individual’s work and personal life.

To give a clearer example of the importance of striking the correct balance in life I would like to paraphrase a speech once given by Bryan Dyson, then the President and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company:

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. The balls are named work, family, health, friends and spirit and all need to be kept in the air at the same time. It is soon obvious that the work ball is made of rubber. If you drop it, it will bounce back. However the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are all made of glass. As a result dropping one of these will render it irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

I simply could not have put it better.

The work-life balance jumped out at me when I read recently of the plight of 24 year old Matsuri Takahashi. Her mother alleges she commited suicide becasue of the demands of her employer, the major Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. According to reports she had performed 105 hours of overtime in the month preceding her death. An extreme example perhaps, however this poor lady clearly had dropped more than one of life’s glass balls. Sadly they simply shattered.

Whatever you do always make room in your busy schedule for looking after your spirit. If you do not have an aquarium it may be time to think about investing in one. It will be the perfect antidote to any hectic lifestyle. A few minutes in quite meditation and contemplation of your own underwater world will really work wonders.

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