I always hear about this magical place called “work and life balance”. I hear it’s a beautiful place filled with spare time, fun and laughter with friends and quality time with family. It’s a place where you can have hobbies and socialize and where work still gets done and all your goals can still be reached. It’s a place where you’re home for dinner with the family and weekends are free and you can take a holiday whenever you want or even just an extra day off. You can turn off your cell phone and people will understand when you don’t respond to their emails right away. It’s a beautiful place but to me it sounds a little like Neverland.
I’ve been struggling with finding this balance. I’ve alway’s thought of it as a predetermined destination like what I described above. A perfectly balanced place that I could just plunk my life into and it would be perfect! I’ve learnt that’s not quite the case. In fact, what I've realized is that it's more about Life Integration than about balance.
Balance implies I have to choose between "this" or "that". Life Integration is about creating my life the way I want it each and everyday.
Here are 5 things I’ve learnt about Life Integration:
Life Integration is about making shifts and changes over time depending on where you are in life and I think that the most important thing is to learn to be self aware and recognize what does and doesn't work for you and then honour that regardless of what you think it “should” look like. Neverland maybe an imaginary land but your life is very real and you can create it to be whatever you need to be.
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