You must think I’m crazy to say this. I’m sure you’re saying that’s impossible, expletive, expletive. Read on before you judge.
My patient is deathly ill. His vital signs are sketchy at best and we’re not sure he’s going to make it. His family and his wife are concerned. His kids are concerned about their mom because she sits, and sits, and sits at the bedside wishing with all her heart, body, and soul that her husband survive this health attack. Day after day she sits at his bedside without thought to herself. Day after day she gets more exhausted and her health and coping skills get depleted. You could say she is a devoted wife. I see a scared traditional woman who is putting herself on a back burner. I understand and I know there is another way.
Work-life balance has evolved after many years of men and women trying to find happiness in their lives with little success. Work-life balance is not your typical balance scales that might come to mind, that is 50-50. It’s more on a continuum. There’s an ebb and flow and changes with different stages of your life. See how Jim Bird defines work-life balance in his article “Work-Life Balance Defined.”
Having it all your way is not what you think. Having it all is an invitation to rethinking what you are doing and finding work-life balance that works for you. It takes ingenuity, work arounds, flexibility, and asking for help from your spouse (unless you’re a single parent), friends, family, and yes even from your kids. Because if you don’t you will end up exhausted, burned out, and just plain useless to yourself and those you want to support.
Listen to this excerpt from an interview of work-life balance from CBS News with Indra Nooyi, President and CEO of PepsiCo:
Having it all is possible. It just needs to be your way without apologies.
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