" You can have it all... you just can't have it all at once." As I am designing and living a life I love, and helping others to do the same, the dual goals of achievement and personal bliss seem to compete, frustrate, or simply tire us to exhaustion. There is an elusiveness to the times when everything is handled and there is time for it all.
If you are like me, most things look like opportunities.... There is so much worth doing. There are so many obligations and roles. There are so many ways to make a difference, to earn a living , to express that uniqueness each of us is blessed to carry forward into the world and lives of others. There are still so many things on my list of 100 Things I want to do be & have in this lifetime that aren't checked off yet!
I feel the frustration and I watch my clients struggle with a keen longing to express a level of excellence with our work while balancing and longing for enough time to live a life that is inclusive of the personal and family roles.
Lately,the old song from the movie Dirty Dancing plays the lyric in my head about "having the times of our lives." That longing, it seems, is there but many days the reasons "why not" seem more real than the ability to achieve that fine balance.
I've been focusing this year on the benefits of simplifying. The work I've done in my life & with many of my amazing, inspiring clients this year seems to echo this theme. With the uncertainness that we can't control, it is imperative to make conscious choices every day that bring you to a happy peacefulness or whatever your description would be when it is all working.
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Give away some money!
- Do something to nurture your spirit or your body
- Go outside and marvel at this amazing planet
- Listen to the sound of children laughing
What do you do to maximize the bliss????