I often find myself struggling - struggling to find "balance" in my life. How do I balance out my life? I feel slammed - overwhelmed quite often. Drilling down, I do my best to juggle married life, raising children, doing well at work, finding time for myself, etc.
|The Balanced Man|
When I was an undergraduate at San Francisco State University
, I joined the Sigma Phi Epsilon
fraternity. It was a tremendous experience - one of the best of my life. In addition to promoting Virtue, Diligence, and Brotherly Love, Sig Ep focused on being "The Balanced Man." We always bragged
about this - "We are balanced men." In retrospect, I was anything but balanced. I didn't make the Dean's List until my final semester at SFSU and quite frankly, could have been a far better friend to many, son to my parents, and brother to my siblings. Not trying to sound hard on myself, but I didn't live up to the motto of my fraternity.
Here I am now, 44 years old, engulfed in "real life," and still feel unbalanced. How do I find time to go to the gym without feeling guilty that I am not spending time with my wife and kids? How do I get all of the work done that I need to accomplish without cutting off friends and family? How do I make sense of all of the immense information available to us and share with others as a way to move things forward?
I guess I will always struggle to find balance. I am human. Humans are creatures of habit. I need to form better habits and be a better example for those around me. New Year's resolution? Yeah, right. Mind over matter. Stay consistent. Stay focused. I think
I can do this. Are you balanced?