Life is Full of Glass Balls, and Work isn’t One of Them

by Melanie Edwards on March 9, 2012 · 6 comments

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Work-Life Balance Quote: Life is Juggling Five Balls

Today, I want to share a quote I read not too long ago that I think is worth learning, studying, and remembering.

Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life. – The Secret to Attaining Work-Life Balance

Feel free to discuss your thoughts on this passage in the comments below.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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1 Liz C. March 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Wow, Melanie-  This is so simple and to the point.  Thank you for the much needed inspiration this morning. 


2 modernmami March 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

So glad you liked it! I love that the simplicity of it as well.


3 bywordofmouth March 10, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Its the very simple things in life that make a true difference … and yet these are the ones that we struggle with.
My husband is so career driven … oh how i want to shake him and tell him that life with our children is traveling at warp speed!  Work, work … it will always be there.


4 modernmami March 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

You’re so right. We tend to over-complicate things, right?


5 Silvia March 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I love this!  thank you for sharing it, I will print it out and hang it on my office wall!


6 modernmami March 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

I hope it helps to give you a daily reminder and lessen the work stress. 🙂


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