Ellen Faye | There is No Such Thing as Life Balance
Life balance is so elusive... What if you could have PEACE and HARMONY instead? Balance is BORING! Shift perspective and live your life.
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There is No Such Thing as Life Balance

There is No Such Thing as Life Balance

Improving Life Balance

Why does LIFE BALANCE seem to be so elusive? Because it’s imaginary.  No one is ever in equal balance.  An admired colleague once described it more like a symphony where different parts are louder than others at different times, but when listening to it as a whole it is harmonic and beautiful.

What would be possible if you gave yourself permission to live in harmony and not strive for perfect balance all the time?

I divide my “life pie” into 4 parts; business, family, service and self-care.  No day, week, or month is ever the same.  If I lived in balance, my pie would look like this:

finding life balance

finding life balance

Not only is this unrealistic, imagine how boring life would be if every day and every week were the same.  More realistically my life looks like this:Finding Life BalanceOne may say I’m never in balance, but that’s okay.  Collectively my pies makes sense.  By accepting that my life pie isn’t always going to look the same I find peace and harmony.  Understanding this makes me feel grounded, happy, and successful.  How do you think a shift of perspective about life balance would effect you?

4 Comments
  • Ellen Delap
    Posted at 07:23h, 04 February Reply

    I love this visual on balance. It simplifies what we know to be our struggle and aligns with the way we live our lives. Given this new perspective, it will shape our we use our time.

    • Ellen Faye
      Posted at 08:52h, 04 February Reply

      Thanks for the great feedback Ellen. Sometimes just a simple perspective shift makes such a difference.

  • Hazel Thornton
    Posted at 12:50h, 04 February Reply

    Ooh, pie charts! I love them (no surprise there), in concert with the symphony analogy (pun intended), Ellen!

    • Ellen Faye
      Posted at 19:55h, 04 February Reply

      You are sharp Hazel! As they say, life without music would B flat… Anyway, it’s so clear to see these things in a pie chart.

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