Walking a Tightrope: What is Balance?

This morning I engaged in a conversation about balance. (Full disclosure I was chatting about education on twitter at 5:30 AM so it may create some perspective.) Many educators struggle with the concept of work/life balance. While I reject the notion entirely that work/life balance exists, I got an amusing visual sitting half-awake early this morning: a tightrope walker wobbling back and fourth.

Work/Life balance is a foolish concept. Life balance is where I would prefer to focus the idea. If you love what you do, you will pursue it passionately and it will be an integral part of who you are and what you do. But, that does not mean that you will not find the balance in your own life.

Instead I like to think of that balance like a tightrope walker. Sometimes you are leaning a lot more to one side than the other, but you will always tilt back in the other direction. Ultimately your only real job is to keep moving and to stay on the rope. If you feel yourself sliding too far in one direction, tilt back toward the middle. Whatever you do, just stay on the rope. Don’t judge yourself by how far you are leaning in either direction, instead, celebrate the fact that you are still on the rope!


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