Whether the perfect balance exists or not, one thing is clear: it is all part of the journey. Decide what is most important to you and make it the priority. For me, balance happens when I am present; when I am having fun while still striving, and when I am able to marry my priorities with my passions.
No matter how hectic our lives, we can find these moments of balance. The first step in that quest is to stop thinking about work as necessarily conflicting with our family time, our spiritual time, our health time, our marital time, our "me" time. The balance we seek doesn't come in each of our 24 hours, on every one of our days. But we can find those moments of balance here and there, we can cherish and savor those moments, and they can fuel the times when, for whatever reason, "balance" feels like a goal that's gone missing.
Spring is finally on its way, baby! The weather this week was finally more inviting here in the Northeast, and I found my mood initially rising with the surging outdoor temperature. There is something about leaving the winter coats behind as we swing out the front door in the mornings that's an immediate morale-booster.