Yesterday I published my Nuzzel newsletter on the theme of “Balance?”, with the question mark. It included some good articles.
Here is the story behind my choice of theme.
I really do hate gardening. I have never taken to it.
I love the outdoors, especially the hills. I admit I do enjoy sitting in a garden, normally to enjoy a refreshing drink and always to relax.
But I have never enjoyed or shown any interest in gardening itself.
So, when Diane asked me to help in the garden yesterday I came up with all sorts of reasons (never excuses) why I could not.
I am busy writing some new materials.
I am catching up on some reading.
There is a film I want to watch.
I am meant to be resting my injured knees.
Diane insisted. I resisted. She insisted more. Of course, you know how it ends. Diane won the battle of wills.
Diane rightly pointed out that I had been working too hard and almost non-stop. I explained that I am building my online offering, writing materials, developing the marketing, building subscriber lists, etc, etc. She then used one of my own principles in her argument. It was like an arrow hitting its mark.
I was in danger of losing balance.
The truth is I am a great believer in balance. It features heavily in a lot of my work and in my Success Cycle model.
Equally, I have to keep learning the same lesson to introduce balance in my management of time.
I also knew that for any relationship to work, there has to be balance. Diane was mowing the badly overgrown lawn and it was only right that I should do something to help.
I have to admit, I enjoyed the strimming and the pruning. I had to take regular breaks to rest my knees but it did me good.
I still don’t like gardening and never will.
But I enjoyed the break, being outdoors and restoring some much needed balance.
So much so that I have been working in the garden today, sat at the patio table, writing, building my list and doing a bit of reading.
The fresh air and sunshine is doing me good. I feel more alert. I am thinking with greater clarity.
I have restored some balance.
I have learned the lesson once again.
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