A balanced life is what I sought,
Only to have a life
that was not.
My battle for balance was constantly
Yet, time and again I found myself
I planned, I managed, I strove to
With burnout, frustration, and a worn out
Time I did "manage" with feelings
Where the harder I tried, the less I
A balanced life is what I sought.
advice and wisdom is needed, I thought.
coaches and counselors I did retain
encourage, and help me retrain.
I listened and
learned and did as I ought,
Yet my sense of my self
continued to rot.
Day after day I did not
A life in balance -- I could not
Daily my Father saw my deep
Finally, he asked of my earnest
I told of the experts and advice I had
He listened long. Then, I asked what he
"A balanced life you will not obtain.
an illusion sure to drive you insane."
balanced life I so anxiously sought.
In essence he
said all is for naught.
Could my experts' advice be words all in vain!
contrary words were too simple and plain.
and righteous, I gave him a shot,
"If not balance,
what else have you got?"
He answered, "A balanced
life is what you've sought.
Instead, try this one
Live your life integrated. It will go
as it ought."
A different perspective my Father had
Intrigued and delighted his words fell as
To my parched soul truly going
How do I integrate? How do I maintain?
Were questions resounding deep in my brain.
the beginning, when you were begotten
I gave you
a purpose, you've long since forgotten.
heart and all its terrain.
Your purpose lies dormant,
yet steadfast and fain.
"Ignoring your purpose makes you work and
Why worry about balance -- it isn't germane!
Align to your purpose, live as you
Listen, my love to the words that I've
His words I found startling, and hard to
For Balance, my idol, he had just
No more was my stomach tied tight as a
For a balanced life I no longer sought.
the heart of my heart I had learned a lot
ordering life on Dad's integrating thought.
were failings and feelings distraught
harder I tried, the less I got.
I'm sparked by my
purpose so simple and plain.
balance, now keeps me so sane.
The gift of hope in
my heart does remain.
For being on-purpose I can
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||COACHING CALL TO ACTION
Purpose over balance. Interesting. Many clients
come to me feeling out of balance. With all of the balls
they are trying to juggle, no wonder. This week spend
some quiet time considering your purpose. Keep in mind
that how you are living your purpose may change at
different times of your life. Ask yourself:
is my purpose?
2. Am I living my purpose?
yes, congratulate yourself. If no, what changes do you
need to make? What do you need to add or take away
that will have you be on-purpose?
January 27, 2005
Pounce on a Project
If you missed out last year, now's the
time to begin the year on the right foot. Join us in
January to complete the project that will result in the
biggest positive impact on your life or business this
month. Come to Pounce on a Project I -- 2005. Here's
what participants are saying:
"I have so much going
on! Pounce helped me focus and come up with new
methods to focus, too."
-- C.M., Business Owner,
"It's hard to keep deadlines by yourself. Pounce
on a Project keeps the pressure on in a fun way."
C.S., Business Owner, England
"I got off, putting it
-- M.W., Higher Education Professional,
"I accomplished a big section of my newsletter
re-design that had been stalled on my 'to do' list for
many months. Having the support of the group helped
me bypass my procrastination and tackle my project
-- D.W., Certified Financial Planner,
"I had to get all of my marketing material
organized and sent to my advisor. Where was I going
to find the time? Pounce on a Project gave me 4 hours
of uninterrupted time to easily complete my plan!"
A.N., Business Owner, MA
"I learned I can use this
time to accomplish many small projects I've been
puitting off. Hooray!"
-- A.P., Freelance Writer,
Join Coach Andrea on Thursday, January 27,
2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Eastern. We will
join as a group by phone and declare what you want to
accomplish: planning your next marketing piece,
backing up your computer before you buy a new one,
finishing your website, making those cold calls,
organizing your office, simplifying your filing system, or
cleaning under your bed.
During the morning, the
group will gather by phone a few times to check
progress and get any support needed to finish with a
bang. At noon, the group will celebrate their
accomplishments. Who says projects have to be boring
and tedious? Bring your lightness and fun and join us
for the energization and results.
To sign up or learn
more, call or e-mail Andrea by noon on January 26th.
Feel free to share this with friends and co-workers, the
more the merrier. (Cost of the program is only the cost
of long distance phone calls.)
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