Monday, January 14, 2008

Finding Balance vs. Living in Chaos

I want to go back to this balance theme. You'll remember my previous post, "Tight Ropin," where many of us contributed to the discussion of defining balance and finding balance. As I've been browsing the blogosphere, Alexander Kjerulf, The Chief Happiness Officer, mentioned a post on work-life balance that was created by Kenny Moore. I found Kenny's post to be very intriguing and thought provoking, as he takes a different approach to "balance:"

"Work-Life balance is, at best, a fabrication. At worst, a cruel hoax........As adults, we well understand that it’s never been a question of balance. It’s always been a question of choice..........Stop trying to achieve balance and start learning to enjoy chaos."

Please realize that those quotes come in different sections of Kenny's post. What I'd like for you to do, is to read my post again. Then, I'd like for you to go and read April Grove's post on balance, and then J. Erik Potter's post on volunteering and balance. Finally, take an in depth look at Kenny's post on Work - Life Balance. Then, come back here and strike up the conversation. What do you think? Can you find true balance? And, is it worth pursuing balance? Or, should we just relish in our chaos like Kenny suggests? Or, what about this: Could living in chaos just actually be that person's balance?

Again, I have to come to the conclusion that balance is achievable. However, it really depends on how one defines balance, and what one values in life. In conclusion, I must say a big thank you to Kenny Moore, for writing such a great intriguing post that really got me thinking!!

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2 comments:

angelamaiers said...

Great post Eric! I have been following the conversations about work/life balance. I love Kenny's perspective...just enjoy and relish the chaos of living a life of many passions! Thanks for the great dialogue-I love the blog!

Eric Peterson said...

Angela,
Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by and joining in the conversation. Conversation is what I'm striving for. I don't want my blog to become a monoblogue :)

I've had fun following all these posts on "balance" as well.