by: Steve Savides on
Work life balance.
We hear it a lot (but perhaps not enough). What does it really mean?
I think, like success, it is very different for everyone. How much of that balance is a feeling?
It is a fantastic sunny morning in the UK with not a cloud in the sky. I was woken at 4am by a melody of wildlife singing away.
Days like this make my South African born body sing in a different way. The Mediterranean blood in my veins flows a little faster.
I know people who complain incessantly about the weather in the UK. I used to be one of them. I changed my whole outlook one day when I was moaning and a friend looked at me and simply said "well if you hate it here so much, just go back home then".
It arrested me at the very core. It didn't just make me think. It shook me out of a set of bad habits, and set me on a path to a new way of thinking. Those who have known me over the years since that conversation will tell you that I absolutely love England. I love London. I love the rain, the wind, the changeable weather. I love the seasons, the sunshine, the spectacular spring and the magnificent Autumn months. I love the constant green that comes from the rain. I am a convert, and a fan.
Whatever that work-life balance is, it has to comprise of a few key things. Only we can decide what that is. We also need to find things that bring us joy, otherwise what is the point? But - joy is like success and balance; there is an element of relativity to it, and there is a large component of a positive attitude woven in there.
Happiness and joy, satisfaction. Pleasure. The "good things" in life. Can we be happy every day? Some people just seem to be eternally cheerful. Somehow satisfied with their lot.
It really takes some wisdom knowing what is the best way to find this. We can never get enough of what we don't really need, because what we don't need won't really satisfy us.
One of my favourite poets, Khalil Gibran said this: "There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward"
So I think, whatever work life balance is, and whatever you choose to do in life, satisfaction will involve gratitude and thankfulness, and giving, in large measures. We need to be those joy givers.
I hope you've had a good week, and that as you reflect over the next few days, no matter what you are doing, you can find the good in life, right where you are, and deep inside of you.