One Third, One Third and One Third

OmGal recently blogged about this great article from The Monster In Your Head.  His argument is that the “work-life balance is bullshit“.  While the language may be harsh, I am in 110% agreement.  There is no balance, but a series of carefully chosen priorities.  When one thing needs to happen, something else drops off the list.

The Yarn Harlot touched on this in a blog post that had me cheering, wanting to hug her and buy her a beer.  It’s all about what’s important in that moment.  What’s your priority.  If you want to distill it down further, it’s about presence.  The more we can be present in each moment, the easier it is to accomplish each task fully and wholeheartedly.

Monster in Your Head shared this wisdom from his teacher:

 “’One third of your time for the external you. One third of your time for the internal you. And one third of your time for the Other.’

One third taking care of business. One third taking care of the subtle and gross bodies–the inner you and the physical you. And one third for family, friends, community, the world at large.

Now that’s a balance that makes sense.”

If we work to be as present as possible within each third, releasing any guilt or judgement about the other two thirds, I think we just might be on to something.

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2 responses to “One Third, One Third and One Third

  1. As the book Zen Judaism puts it:
    “Be here now. Be somewhere else later. Is that so complicated?”

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