I was nominated by my aunt for the ALS ice bucket challenge. My first thought was, “What a great cause; I’ll write a check AND do the challenge.” Then, an issue arose within my family, and I had to cancel everything and go out of town. Now, here I am, ready and willing to accept this challenge, yet it is not within the 48 hours that is asked. What now? I am still going to send a check, and am I making arrangements with my son (who is more than willing to dump ice water on me).
So, what’s the issue? I was challenged, I accept the challenge, and I will follow through, just not in the required amount of time. And that is my issue….
How many times do you feel challenged, yet problems get in the way? What stops you from obtaining your goals, or taking care of obligations or things you want to do? So often, we think things must be done right now, and that the more we can do, the better.
Really? We rush around trying to get more done, accomplish more. But does it make you happy? Some will say it makes you productive, and that is correct. However, all work and no play is not a good thing. We all need balance in our life, and that is hard to accomplish. We schedule so many things to do in one day that there are not enough hours in the day. How productive are you, really, when you are rushing? How many mistakes happen?
I believe it is time to take control of and be realistic in how we approach our lives. We all need time to recharge and rest, and to accomplish tasks when we are at our best, giving them our full attention (not one eye on the next project before we finish the current one). It’s o.k., of course, to look ahead and plan, but let’s finish what we start, without pushing and pulling ourselves in 10 different directions.
So, how do you accomplish life balance and challenges that come up? Take a good look at where and how you spend your time. Are there things you can say no to? Are there things you should say no to, yet feel bad if you do? Saying no to one thing can give you time to say yes to something else, perhaps something that may be more important to you. Distractions are a big time waste for many, so how do you stay on track? Figure out what your distractions are, and find a way to limit your exposure. How much better will your life be if you are realistic in scheduling your work and your home life?
Now, back to my issue and the time limit I did not meet. Frankly, ALS will accept my check and be happy to do so, any time. I believe the ice bucket challenge is having a huge impact on making people aware of ALS (often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease). And this awareness is a good thing.
I challenge each of you to become aware of your life, and to find a way to balance your work and home life. Oh, and I also challenge each of you to the ALS ice bucket challenge………