16 Jun Husband, Father, Executive, Athlete, Philanthropist

fatherHow many titles do you have?  How well are you doing balancing the things in life that are important to you?  Is there such a thing as true balance?

Most business people I meet these days seem to all be struggling with balance, and the common refrain is that they are at a crossroads – a transition.  Once they move through that transition, everything will be great.  “I need to decide whether to take that promotion, which will mean more travel.”  “I am just going to do another year (in a job I loathe), and then I am going to move on.”  “It’s just really busy right now, but it will let up soon.”

Do you recognize any of those scenarios?  Do you notice all the qualifiers used to justify imbalance?   We’re all used to sacrificing things today, for great things tomorrow. The issue is that temporary imbalance becomes a permanent persona, because we’re creating habits that are extremely hard to break.  And the damage we cause to important parts of our life are imperceptible at first.

As we reflect on this Father’s Day, I can’t help but wonder why more of us don’t take the time to reflect, and ask ourselves, “With regard to how I spend my time, what gives true meaning to my life?”

 “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

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