Are you performing a high wire act each and every day?
Have you been to the circus before and watched the amazing people walk the tight rope or high wire way up in the air? How amazing are they to watch? One small lapse in concentration or one small step in the wrong direction and it is a long way down.
Are you walking the tight rope every single day?
How about you in your daily activities in your business, your family life, your community, your social life, your health and more. Do you comfortably move from one minute to the next knowing exactly what needs to be done and by when and have full confidence everything will be completed. Or are you walking that tight rope every single day trying to fit everything into a packed schedule and not really thinking you will get through everything, in fact, you are convinced you won’t.
Many of us think when people use the term work life balance that the statement means we all should strive to have an even balanced life. It does not mean that at all. What it really means is we all have a balancing act to try to live in a world where we work, have a family, have a social life, volunteer and work in the community and more. We try to balance our lives so we do not fall off the tight rope we walk on each day!
“Breathe, breathe, clear your mind, breathe, breathe.”
That is what my yoga instructor and friend says each time we practice yoga in her class.
Sure we do our best to clear our minds. Seriously though there is so much to do. How is it humanly possible to shut down and not think about all of the things that we have to get done? “Just breathe, just breathe, close your eyes if you want, clear your mind. For this one hour concentrate on your breathing, just breathe.”
Imagine a room filled with mostly type A people hearing this in the morning when there is a smart phone (who ever named the dumb phone a smart anyway) waiting to steal more of our time away from us.
Truth be told, yoga has made all the difference to me. The ability to attend my yoga practice with my friend who is the instructor has given me the gift to find balance. The gift to breathe and breathe. The gift to completely shut down for one single hour.
Why do any of us feel we must walk a tight rope every single minute of every single day? Why do we create this type of a situation for our selves? Tell me in the comments section.
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.