J is for Juggling

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It’s something I hear about all of the time – this idea of juggling the many parts of our lives.

Inevitably, we drop a ball here, we drop two there – yet we convince ourselves that we are capable of juggling the remaining eight while trying to bend down to gather up the rolling, slipping, escaping others.

I am a fine example of failed juggling. Here it is … 1:48AM … and I am only now writing about the letter J, after having just sent corrected tax information to my CPA. {Oh, you know she just adores me right now!}

Because my fingers allowed the TaxRecordsBall to fall, she gets to catch my early morning toss while keeping all of her spheres in the air. If she drops one or more of her own as a result …well, it goes on and on, doesn’t it?

So what if we stop juggling? What if we simply place the ClericalBall and the WritingBall and the FamilyBall and the ErrandsBall on the table – all tidy and still? We might even take a breath or two before picking each one up in turn.

How much better would our finished projects be if we could focus on the task at hand, instead of jumping up to answer the phone or go to yet another meeting? What if we could have dinner with friends and concentrate on the conversation; taste the food; notice the color of the napkins?

Of course the solution isn’t quite that easy, that accommodating. As much as we might like to think that we are juggling our calendars and kids, finances and health, it might just be that our lives are juggling us.

Certainly, very few people have the luxury of not feeling like a circus performer on a regular basis, but each of us does have options. Maybe the answer is in keeping our eye on the one ball that we most want to keep in the air – and simply do the best we can with the others. Maybe it’s not grabbing at every ball that’s thrown our way.

Maybe the real trick is in knowing what to drop, what to catch, and what to keep.

4 thoughts on “J is for Juggling”

  1. My entire blog revolves around this theme: Balancing Act. Because I feel like I’m always on a teeter totter, trying to make it sit level. We all juggle so many things in this modern life. I suspect you’re right about priorities being the real trick.


    1. Easier said than done, though, isn’t it? I just had dinner with my husband – together – at the same time – sitting down. Wow! But it only happened after I made myself walk away from my desk and phone and work-stuff.
      It’s a continual learning process, isn’t it?


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