Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Great Teeter-Totter of Life

It's all about balance and lately I have not been feeling good about my life.
I have been working a lot more than usual, which while is nice in some ways, is really hard in others. I have been burning the midnight oil, as they say, which I used to be able to do a lot better when I was 10 or 20 years younger.
They say 50 is the new 40 but even with that I need more!


shawn said...

it's great that you are working more, but it is a catch 22.. the more you work, the less time you have for your other fun stuff.. but the more you work, the more money you have to do the fun stuff.. or something like that.. right?
but I hear ya sister on the wanting more out of life.. I mean there is more than just working all the time right?

Mama Ava said...

Hey, as long as you're working....tell me how you post your graphics/pics (which I assume you're getting online) the way you do...with a border or just big enough to see. I have so much trouble with images I get online.

Unless, of course, I've just upset your teeter-totter with that request.

So then I won't mention taxes...

:-) hee hee

Mama Ava said...

Oh, sorry...on rereading, I should have been more attentive to the ACTUAL topic...which is working. I kind of disagree with Shawn on the surface. I think that often we think that there's more to life, but then is that true? Because work is really an enormous part of life for everyone. The key is balance (which Karen said) and finding something that you really enjoy doing. I've always thought how hard it must be for people who are doing jobs because they have to for the stability or the money or the benefits in order to survive, never having the opportunity to say, "I want something for ME." Tanzanians are all like that. A job is so precious that it's ridiculous to think of something like job satisfaction.

But sometimes thinking "isn't there more to life?" can lead to a sense of disatisfaction. The key is balance--if things are out of whack right now, can you see when they won't be? Is it temporary because of the nature of the work or the season or whatever? And if so, can you mark when it should be back to normal and know that it is? Or are you always coming up with reasons for why things aren't right to justify bad habits or whatever? Then it's time to evaluate what you're doing.

For what it's worth, given the changes in your life, I think you're amazingly balanced. I'd never have done half so well, believe me.

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