My brother gave me Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction about a month ago. I started reading it, felt really depressed because I realized I was putting too much energy into my work, then set it down.
This week I started reading it again because I have a renewed satisfaction in my work, something Matthew Kelly stresses – satisfaction, rather than “balance.”
He is right on.
Now, if you know Mathew Kelly as a religious guy, always pushing for daily mass or 10 minutes of prayer, and you just don’t want to hear about that, this is the book for you. It fills your spirit without being focused on organized religion.
He also gives a glimpse into his workshop demos. One that I found fascinating – so much that I did it with my husband and kids – was his test of how much a glass of water weighs. Well, it’s about its perceived weight, based on how long you hold it. Matthew then goes to say if you hold the water for a minute, rest for 20 seconds and repeat this alternation, you could go on for a really long time. Could we get any more common sense than that? Yet at the same time, holy cow, I never looked at it like that.
As you may have read from my last post, I’m reupholstering my couches. This morning I used all my effort to remove staples that attached the “skirt” around the bottom of the couch. I got one side done then struggled with the corner. In my struggle the screwdriver slipped and somehow cut my forehead. Yikes! Time to alternate, right.
I love the themes in Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction. It’s easy to read and as I’ve proven, you can pick it up, set it down, and pick it back up when the time is right for you. I hope you enjoy it; it’s a great reminder to keep yourself (time AND energy) in check.
It’s sure to hit home.
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