Jugglers usually they start with two or three balls and then they add another and another until there is a dizzying number of objects flying in a circle around the juggler. At some point, either a ball falls or the juggler will stop because he or she knows that one can only have too many balls in the air at a time.
I have not figured out when I have too many balls (Def. of Balls: Kid, Partner, Job, Boards, etc.) in the air. Maybe it’s my ego and enthusiasm, thinking that I can (and should) do it all.
We are all like jugglers to a certain extent. We have jobs, kids, houses, social and volunteer activities, etc. There are times when I feel like I have too many balls in the air and they will all come crashing down at once. Sometimes I am so fed up that I just want to throw them all in the air and let them come crashing down. While this latter activity may provide short-term relief, I still have to pick up the balls and get back on track.
So, I think I need to ask myself: Are there some “balls” that are taking me away from some other “balls?” (The answer is YES, because some of those “balls” have loud voices!). Do I need to add one more board to my agenda? Do I need that additional volunteer activity?
I’m also wondering if my juggling too many balls has caused me to not be as careful with other balls and results in my having to reprioritize all the time … which takes time away from other things! I think this happens over and over again.
So, in order to increase my proficiency in juggling (which we all need to do), I need to stop for a minute, put all the balls down and make sure that every “ball” is necessary and that some “balls” are not getting ignored at the expense of others. However, with so many things going on, we often don’t take the time to do something like this.
I don’t claim to have the answer here (or really the answer to any question) but for me, and my loved ones, this is going to be a worthwhile review. If nothing else, it will force me to slow down and look at my life and those things that really are important to me. Maybe that’s half the battle.
Put a few balls down today and enjoy the weather!
p.s. To my partner in this blog … Don’t think for a moment that I count working out as a “ball!” That’s what keeps me from the funny farm! 🙂