Everyday life. It is a mixture of work, family, driving to various places, housework, and so much more. Some days, it seems like just a repeat of the day before. Oftentimes, each day seems like just another day, with the whole day being taken up with meetings, deadlines, places to be, and things to do. If this happens often enough, it can wreak havoc on one's life. This can present itself through stress, medical conditions, anger, depression, burnout, or a multitude of other unpleasant concerns. Stress, in itself, can create health problems. It can cause hypertension, hormones to get out of balance, weight to increase or drop, disrupt a person's sleep cycle, or any number of things.
This is not what life is supposed to be; although more and more people are considering this sort of lifestyle "normal." This is not a healthy way of life for anyone to live--and it is not what God intended for us. Life requires balance. To take a quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer, we are "human beings; not human doings." It is of utmost priority that there is time in every day to just be. This can come in the form of meditation, taking some time outside to enjoy nature, getting a massage, reading the Bible, turning off the television and the cell phone, or some other form of relaxation.
To create balance, it may be necessary to sit down with pen and paper, making a schedule of what things need to be done and when to do them. Sleep needs to be included in the list, as sleep is very important for health of the brain and body. Time for a little fun, spending time with friends and family, and time for God. Are they on the list, as well? If any of these are lacking, re-write the list to include them. It could be that our priorities are in the wrong place. Or, maybe life just took on a life of it's own--leaving us in the dust. Not a good way to be.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, "There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces. A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. At time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak. A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace," (The New American Bible, 1994, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.). This Bible verse reminds us that everything has its time; nothing stays the same forever. If we live a non-stop lifestyle, there will be no time to enjoy life. We all need to remember to allow time for those times to laugh, to dance, to embrace, and to be silent.
There are twenty-four hours in each day. Work takes some of those hours. What happens with the rest is a choice. Choose wisely and enjoy that time.