Always Learning: Juggling Glass and Rubber Balls In Work-Life Balance


Juggling Glass Balls - Online Counseling Work-Life Balance

I’m always learning new things as I work with my clients, in online counseling. This week I learned about juggling glass and rubber balls in figuring out our work-life balance. I often use the visual reference of having a dinner plate. The dinner plate you visualize, with all that you are able to hold before the plate becomes too heavy, or things start to spill over the sides.


How Well Are You Balancing It All?

Visualizing everything you have on your plate helps to decide when to say “No!” or what you may need to remove when you need to add something: getting the kids dressed and fed in the morning before seeing them off to school, nine hours at work, cooking dinner, a class you’re attending three nights a week, eight hours of sleep. There are only 24 hours in a day. How do you fit it all in? trying to add more and more can leave you overwhelmed, stressed, provoke anxiety, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, and real physical illness.                                                                                    

F. John Reh explains how in our pursuit of work-life balance, we can find ourselves juggling glass and rubber balls.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ( image credit: IntentBlog )

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” 


-Bryan Dyson, former President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Georgia Tech commencement speech

Glass and Rubber Balls

In Pursuit of Work-Life Balance

Think about it, as you are pursuing work-life balance, the balls you are juggling that are made of glass, is that one rubber ball putting you at risk of dropping one of the glass balls? Is it time to make a decision for the sake of your “family, health, friends and spirit?” Trust your gut, and I’m here to help you through it. 


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