By Gladys Edmunds

Dear Gladys,

I read all of your columns and notice that you often suggest that the readers put balance in life by not working from dawn until dark. I agree that it is good advice. But how do you balance life when you have to work day and night to meet expenses? I would love to balance my life. But, I have a business that takes 12-14 hours of my attention daily and children and a spouse to look after. How do I find that balance you speak of?

Thanks – Alvin

Dear Alvin,

Instead of “balance,” perhaps “holistic” would be a better word to use. Intent and effort toward holistic living are more important than trying to allot equal time to different parts of life. Actually, holistic living does not mean equal time to the whole of life. If you can give yourself just an hour daily, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish when you return to your business or the care of your family. Holistic living is something that we will work on all of our lives. And, we have to live with awareness to keep from slipping back into the routine of all work and no play.

Sometimes we get so caught up in making a living that we forget there are other parts to life that need to be lived. When this happens it is easy to ignore self-time for our day-to-day responsibilities. Let’s take a quick look at some important areas of life and see how you can work them into your schedule in order to live more harmoniously.

Self-development: This can mean taking five to 10 minutes each morning or evening for quiet contemplation or prayer. This practice can bring a much-needed calm in a busy and hectic life.

Health: Five to 10 minutes of stretching your body and deep breathing can make a positive difference in your health. I stretch when I wake up and before getting out of bed. It’s a great way to get the body moving before your feet touch the floor. Consider taking a 30-minute walk before or after lunch or dinner. According to recent reports, 30 minutes of walking can work wonders for our health. Either of these suggestions or both are an asset to your health and don’t require a lot of time.

Recreation/rejuvenation: Once a week make and keep a date for yourself and by yourself. Many years ago I ran across a book called The Artist Way by Julia Cameron, which gave me a whole new way of looking at life. The book suggested that a weekly outing called an artist date would help get my creative juices flowing. I can’t see what it has done for my creativity, but it helps me to better appreciate who and what I am. In other words, getting away from everyone and everything once a week has been therapeutic. You needn’t invest a lot of money in your date. A tour through a museum, a trip to the zoo or a movie in the middle of the afternoon can make a difference. Give it a try!

So you see, it doesn’t take much to bring a little balance or holistic living into your life. And to include any one of the above can make a positive difference in how you deal with life. You might even notice the people around you starting to behave better.

At age 15 Gladys developed a travel service that would prosper for more than 30 years. She is a national award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author and columnist.


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