Five Minute Friday — Balance

Time for this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. It certainly creeps up on you …

Five Minute Friday, of course, is a discipline where independent writers join together to transform thoughts on a specific prompt word from their minds through their fingers onto the screen for five minutes. Then we get together and share our pearls of wisdom {okay, sometimes they’re swine, but the intention is always good} at Kate’s spot on Facebook at fiveminutefriday.com.

To entice you to check us out, I’ve also been sharing some of the experiences my fellow writers have shared as chronicled in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Minutes Flat. This week, I’ll include the words contributed by Krista. I hope her words inspire you to join our writing club.

“I’ve only been a sometime contributor to Five Minute Friday (and less frequent lately) but I read through my posts again this last week knowing this deadline was coming. It’s amazing when words you wrote in the past speak to you again, how wisdom can pour out of you with a prompt and five minutes. It was encouraging to me to read what I wrote in the past and has reminded me that I need to get back at it.””

There you go. Another voice to listen to. Another reason to join the group.

Now for the task at hand. The prompt is BALANCE and the time has been set, so it is time to GO…

Balance. It’s one of life’s mysteries. Faith. Family. Home. Work. How do you get them all to fit.

Speaking from experience, I know balance is a very real minefield. I mean, who of us hasn’t had to choose between that meeting or a family event, that business trip scheduled the same week as your child’s recital, working late to catch up at family time expense.

Through experience — and sometimes regrets — I have learned how easy it is to get out of balance. But our priorities should be Faith. Family. Home. Work.

I always loved my family, but there were too many time when there was always “one more thing” I had to do before turning off the lights in the office.

I don’t have a solution — let me know if you do — but I think we should strive to re-prioritize our lives. Faith. Family. Home. Work. Outside of our Faith — a which should be a guiding constant and bedrock of our lives — we should make our families first. Sure, there will be times when it just doesn’t work out, but if the premise is family first with work an exception rather than vice versa, I think many of the ills, pressures and expectations will diminish. It’s a cliche — one I learned much too late — but we have to learn how to leave the problems of the day at the doorstep. When you walk through the door, it’s all about family.

Work is work. It’s purpose is to provide income …STOP

for the family. But when it overtakes your priorities it does just the opposite; it destroys the family. I think it’s time to bring balance back into our lives.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Perform random acts of kindness.

 

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3 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Balance

  1. One thing I always tried to do to preserve balance was to preposition and prepare; BDUs laid out, weapons cleaned and oiled and loaded, web gear checked and in position to don, all ‘housekeeping’ tasks done before reville. Then I could kip for awhile in good conscience, knowing that I was prepared for what the day would bring.

    For me, balance was a mental thing; if I was prepared, I could truly rest, and would not have to do the ‘unbalancing act’ of playing the what-did-I-miss game.

  2. I’m so thankful to have a daddy and a husband who live this out daily. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for that!

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