It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Chapter 7, Page 2, Book 11


Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - Work - Family - Health - Friends - 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. How?

Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Don't set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live ALL the days of your life.

Don't give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us together.

Don't be afraid to encounter risks It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.

Don't forget that a person's greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
Author Unknown

I was thinking about old age and decided that it is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it

Our life is like a book, but it's non-fiction, rather than a fairy tale. Some chapters contain tales of great success and happiness, and some feature failure and sadness.

Which would you rather be likened to: a bouncy ball that bounces higher than the height from which it was dropped? Or a playground ball that is flat and doesn't bounce at all?

When adversity strikes, confront it, and determine in advance that you are going to be a big bouncer and not just someone who goes flat the minute trouble strikes

We often try to multi task from just about everything in life from Moms to talking on the cell phone while driving and listening to music in our cars. But optimally doing ONE thing at at time when you can, will give you the best quality experience like listening intently to another, doing only your hobby, etc.

But with juggling more and more balls in our life, ADDING more and more things into you 18 hours or so you may be awake each day, remember that when we are juggling too many balls, eventually we are going to drop some.

Realizing this about time, we should allow those balls that mean little or next to nothing in your life to fall, and crash and break on their own.

This is knowing the PRIORITIES that go with what you value in life.

One thing about PRIORITIES is that they can shift as you get older, so know that today's priorities might not be your priorities a year or five years from now!!

ALWAYS know WHICH balls you have up in the air and HOW MANY in a day you can handle!

This is a SUPER Saturday for me and I do have my priorities straight. I'm camping and I'm enjoying the sunshine and being with some of my family too.

Have a SUPER Saturday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday resolution: Remember, when the face is SMILING, it is impossible to frown.


jack69 said...

This is a neat entry and analogy. Good stuff.
Love and happy fourth weekend to you....


These are all GREAT points. But the thing I like most about what you said, is this... "don't use words carelessly. They can not be retrieved." So true. I always tread carefully in this area of life. Have a WONDERFUL time camping. ENJOY!