Balance: The Myth of Having it All – Part 2
Today we talk about balance. Yesterday, I had the privilege of being in on the ground floor of launching a Propel Chapter at our church. What an exciting opportunity!
Several years ago, I watched two women launch a Propel Chapter, and I thought how cool that would be if someday I had the same privilege.
If you love Lisa Harper and Christine Caine, then may I suggest you find a Propel Chapter near you. Together, with some other amazing women, they talk about real-life stuff.
As we sat around the table, six women from different backgrounds and walks of life, we discovered one thing in common – we’re busy, and many of us are busy trying to have it all.
We would be hard-pressed to find someone who is not busy these days.
Our topic? The myth of having it all
Do you remember when you were a kid? If you’re as old as me, you might remember things like drinking from the water hose, playing outside all day, and watching Saturday morning cartoons.
I remember three-way calls, busy signals, and sending notes in class.
Fast forward, and times have changed tremendously.
It’s not cool to drink out of the water hose. It’s not safe enough to play outside anymore, and Saturday morning cartoons are found more on an IPad or cell phone.
Add to this new lifestyle all the messages we receive now because of social media. We get bombarded with messages and ads.
“Don’t do that; do this.”
“Eat this, not that.”
“Lose weight fast. Exercise more.”
“Make $1,500 a week.”
And on and on.
Now we compare our lives to 600 of our closest friends on Facebook or Instagram. We see things we wish we felt or had.
We want to feel the same things they are feeling?
Oh, to have that fabulous hair color and flawless skin. Let’s not forget our desire for the size two waist.
We want a mani-pedi every week. We want to look like we just walked out of Vogue magazine too.
As one of the ladies put it so correctly yesterday – filters. Many people use filters to doll up their lives.
Here’s the thing – we want it all, and we are told we can have it all.
And when we can’t seem to get it all, we find that we talk down to ourselves, fall into the comparison trap and sometimes feel depressed and alone.
How do we balance?
Think about your relationships, your career, your personal development, and your physical health. What does “having it all” look like for you?
What do you need to say no to say yes to something more meaningful?
Stay in your lane. Run your race!
Till next time we’re together.
“Keep this Book of Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8
“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Matthew 16:26
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