Life Work Harmony Workshops by Dr. Amanda Craig, LMFT
What happens when you hear 'Work-Life Balance'?
Does your chest constrict, breath becomes shallow; does your stomach churn at the impossibility and unattainability of that goal?
We are told that all the moving parts of our life must fit neatly; the have-to's must absolutely balance out the get-to's. Yet, the harder we try to attain this ephemeral balance, the further it seems to move away.
How in the world are we supposed to BALANCE conflicting priorities, excel across multiple life domains, and fit 48 hours of activity into 24-hour days?
We can't. At least not in a permanent kind of way. Balance can only exist in a singular moment; once the moment is gone so is the 'old' balance. Permanent balance is only achievable when we are already six feet under. Instead, we should aim for Life Harmony.
Think of a beautiful symphony. With more than 100 instruments playing, each gets its turn to shine and a turn to rest, each has a role of importance assigned by the composer and interpreted by the conductor. Some instruments play throughout the score, some only get a brief part. The result is not balance, but beautiful harmony that touches the soul and nourishes the spirit.