Joy to the World……this weekend our Christmas tree went up, I love this time of year – the carols, putting up decorations, having a real tree, time with people, giving gifts and most of all reflecting how Jesus’ birth changed my life forever! But the thing is this jolly old ho ho Merry Christmas time of year also holds the potential to be a bit of a frenzy full of expectations and obligations. Whether we are a family with young children, a blended family, a single parent, an empty nester. married with no children, a single adult person (including divorced,
I once went two years with a broken basket in the corner of the bedroom with things I was going to fix or mend sitting in it. I did not particularly want it as part of the interior design look of the room but put up with it. In that time I never even once added to it or pulled anything out to fix but had to move it numerous times when it was in the way. Doesn’t seem too big a deal really but along with other tolerations (as there is never just one alone in our life!) this
Not so long ago I was sitting at my home office desk staring blankly at the computer, my cold cup of tea and half-eaten lunch to the left and a whiteboard with a hundred and one to do priorities to the right. One glance at the magnitude of that was enough to send me running for cover in another room. I thought I knew my priorities after all that’s why they were on the white board, right? Yet I was not managing and any sane person looking at that list could see how impossible I had made it for myself.
We hear the words balanced life bandied about frequently nowadays as people struggle and strive to meet the ever-elusive ideal of what has become titled a balanced life. The term we know as life balance began to be used in the UK near the end of the 1970s and in the USA around the mid-1980s mainly with a focus on the balance between work and private life. Over time society began to shift the focus to mean something along the line of a “perfect” life which is not what this was about at all! It suddenly became where not only work but