I wonder if you can create balance in your life by doing the same thing over and over, if everyday is busy, active, spiritually grounded, social, but has quiet time. When stated like that I feel like that is something I try to create in Kindergarten. We have routine because children thrive knowing on where they are, where they are going, and how their needs will be met. But what about life after Kindergarten?
I'm now in my 5th week of my 42hr+ work week and feel totally out of whack. There is no quiet time. There is no time for investing in relationships. There is a pile of stuff to get done for school. Professional development. Lesson plans. Endlessly new district initiatives....and there are still 9 more months of school to go. It is a marathon. But just like a marathon runner once you get a few miles into it your body moves without you consciously thinking about it. I'm still waiting for my aerobic system to kick in.
Even the fittest marathon runners rest before the big race. The best training schedule has a balance: long one runs, short fast-paced runs, cross-training doing any other activity and rest. Lately I feel like I'm waiting for my opportunity to run and my opportunity to rest. And there just isn't a big race to look forward to.
I think to have balance in one's life there has to be the opportunity for balance. When the work day takes up too much of my time and bleeds into my home life, I feel like it is all I do. My work is only a part of who I am. On the other hand one has to take advantage of opportunities when they come. Bring 'em on!