Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Ding! Ding! Before we know it, the bell (or our alarm clock) sounds and it's time to face the world. We planned the day very well, or so we thought until life delivers a left hook which causes us to fall. The left hook could have been preceded by a series of blows which included a sudden car accident, stolen credit card, urgent phone call from child's school, and then a global pandemic to top it all off. Think about any of the setbacks you have encountered. Did you plan for life before or after you hit the ground?
The referee counts "1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 !!!!!!!!!" There is no movement from you on the ground. Then, the referee waves both arms to indicate that life has knocked you clean out. While on the ground, you revisit how all of this happen so sudden but have no answers. What if the answers centered on the reality of work life balance? Is it important to think about what's important to you and develop a plan? Let's look at the reality of things....
We all fight the good fight of trying to balance the moving parts of life which include family, love, spirituality, leisure, work, sleep etc. Why does it seem like we only have time for work and responsibilities? The truth is we often create our own greatness or opportunity for growth. Think about that sudden car accident. Maybe you rushed to work, causing anxiety, which impacted your feelings/thinking/judgement, which led to the car accident. The stolen credit card could have been compromised at the gas station when you communicated to your boss that you was running late. You simply didn't have enough energy or awareness of your surroundings because you did not get adequate sleep! Accordingly, you surely didn't have enough energy/time to help your child with their homework and now the school is calling. Then, the global pandemic happens, and you are now the teacher. When does it ever get better? It's very difficult to obtain a work life balance harmony but the journey to 10000 steps starts with 1. Let's start by focusing on 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Who's with me? Your path to greatness begins now!
Ricky Hogens MHS, CAMS II, CNS