Wed, 19 August 2015
Striving for “Balance” is like being a mouse in an endless maze looking for cheese that doesn’t exist. It can lead to guilt, shame, worry, anxiety, and unhappiness. In this episode, you will learn a new way to think of time management and balance that will reduce your guilt and have you quickly enjoying more of your life.
Society’s notion of balance has parents striving for some magical place where all parts of their lives feel equally cared for. Given the complicated nature of a family, the whole notion of balance simply gives us food for our guilt monster.
You feel guilty when you work instead of spend time with your kid. Then you feel guilty when you leave work early to spend time with your kid. You feel guilty because you haven’t made time for your friends, then feel guilty leaving your kid with a sitter to go to dinner. It goes on and on.
When I gave up thinking that I could balance anything and started instead doing what I’m teaching in this episode, I felt a huge weight get lifted.
This episode is part of my series: 3 Minutes to Zen: The Joy Toolbox for Busy Parents. Get a free joy practice like this every week by signing up here: Get Instant Access
To download a summary of the lessons in this episode visit: Balance Schmalance