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Work life balance

Work-life balance is important for all of us, isn't it?

Work life balance is important because we have only a limited time and we have so many obligations and desires. You have to balance the needs of your work, the needs of your family, the needs of your health and your own personal needs for fun and adventure.

The wrong work life balance can damage your health

It is important to remember that although you can mentally compartmentalise your time into different boxes, in reality, your time is one continuous, uninterrupted thread of time; and that your mind-body-spirit is one continuous process.

As a human being, you are a single integrated system. And like all systems, to be effective, you need to be kept in a state of equilibrium and balance.

Equilibrium and balance

Think of riding a bike. You need to keep your balance. And it is easier to keep your balance on a bike, only when you are moving forward. If you slow down and stop you fall off.
Balance is attained by continually moving forwards.

But not too quickly

Have you ever been on a bike, going down a hill too quickly?
You get the speed wobbles and you feel unstable and unsafe. You need to slow down, or you will take a fall.

Life is like that.

You need to progress or you will fall over.
But if you try to go too quickly, you will become unstable and fall over.

In the middle is the optimum balance.
In the middle there is the optimum balance between not pushing enough and pushing too hard.

Optimum balance

Have you ever heard of Aristotle? He was the greatest of the ancient Greek thinkers. He wrote some good things on the need for finding the optimum balance in life.
He called this state of optimum balance, The Golden Mean. (The word "mean" here means: the middle ground.)

Aristotle said that you should not be on the extremes. He said that you need to find the middle ground. Aristotle said that nothing should be taken to an extreme. He said, "Moderation in all things".

You have heard that phrase before, haven't you? "Moderation in all things". That is an Aristotelian phrase. Here is another phrase of his that you already know: "Nothing to excess".

Take nothing to excess. Apply Moderation to all things

Aristotle said that for anything there is:

  1. Too much
  2. Not enough
  3. The right amount
  • Not enough is bad.
    Not enough is need. Not enough is poverty. Not enough is deficient. Not enough is no-good.
    On the other hand:
  • Too much is bad:
    Too much is gluttony. Too much is wasteful. Too much is overdose. Too much is no good.
  • The golden mean:
    Just the right amount is efficient. Just the right amount is perfect. The right amount is fair. The right amount is a balance. The right amount is the good.

Beware of doing too much

Beware of doing too much work;
Beware of doing too much running
Of doing too much eating
Too much of anything is bad
Too much food
Too much worry
Too much anger
Too much fear
Too much arguing
Too much analysis
And on your bike, too much speed

On the other hand: Beware of not doing enough.
Not enough is bad
Not enough food
Not enough work
Not enough concern
Not enough energy
Not enough money
Not enough thoughtful analysis
And on your bike, not enough speed

In all things, find the Golden mean; the middle ground

If you are working too much: could you find ways to cut back? How could you bring your work back to the golden mean?
If you are not seeing enough of your family, could you find ways to increase the amount to bring it back to the golden mean?
Are you drinking too much? Then could you cut back?
Are you sleeping too little? Then could you go to bed earlier?
Are you eating too much? Then could you cut your calories?
Are you planning ahead too little? Then could you plan ahead more?
Are you worrying too much? Then could you find ways to ease off the pressure?
Are you saying too little? Then could you find the courage to speak up for yourself?
Are you saying too much? Then could you discipline yourself to keep your mouth shut just a little longer?

Balanced forces

Life is about balancing the forces that are acting upon you.
Life is about finding the Golden mean: The middle ground that occupies the space between too much and too little.

Please find the golden mean; the optimum balance

~Aristotle" wrote:
It is better to rise from life as from a banquet - neither thirsty nor drunken.
You could do that, couldn't you?

~A Hindu Proverb states:
"Even nectar is poison if taken to excess".

Think about it.

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