Balance may be overrated. Then again, maybe it’s just a question of degree.
There’s a constant barrage of reminders to “Don’t get carried away!” or ” Don’t let it take over your life “.
Sometimes this is good advice. If it’s something negative or unhealthy, you do need to rein it in. But what about your creativity? What about your purpose, your passion?
Do you really have to sacrifice everything and everyone on the altar of your calling? What if you don’t?
My favorite quote on this subject is “We’re not called to balance, we’re called to purpose.” (Ruth Soukup in “Do It Scared”).
In order to make your dreams reality, you may have to give up something else. This is why it’s so important to focus on the RIGHT thing, the RIGHT dream, going in the RIGHT direction. Because, face it, we only have so many hours in a day.
And in order to get your dream to the lift-off stage, you may need to cut yourself some slack on getting other things done, like mopping the floor or cooking every meal from scratch, or keeping the lawn mowed.
This just means that you have to get a bit more creative in how you allot your time. Maybe on the weekend you can make a couple of different favorite dishes and pack some in the freezer. Get your family involved. You don’t necessarily have to go it alone, and we all have to get some things done just to survive.
Personally, I make it a rule that I ONLY cook on the weekend, and use my weekend dishes to make dinner from for the rest of the week. I’ve been doing this for so long, I don’t feel guilty about it anymore.
As far as balancing, though, this see-saw definitely ends up with the creative end weighing far more than the housework end. I’ll never be the ideal housewife (if indeed such a person exists). And I’ve made my peace with that. It’s not my thing.
What’s holding you back? Do you have unrealistic expectations for yourself? Do you expect that you should be able to get it ALL done, every day? Do you berate yourself about the things you don’t get done?
If you’re going to go overboard, take your creativity with you. Carve time out of your busy schedule to be creative. Then, come back to your responsibilities. Yes, it’s a balancing act, but it’s SO worth the effort.
Make time to just have fun with your family, especially now! Even if it’s just hide-and-seek in the backyard, do something
And don’t forget to take care of yourself. Remember to find a spot in your day to “get carried away” !
It’ll inspire you, and make your family time more joyful and precious.
Have a safe and blessed day today!
Photo by MMazer , courtesy of Pixabay
With Grace and Gratitude,