An Interesting Analogy For Life…. Juggling Balls

17 06 2004

Dave Winer, while talking about something else, referenced a commencement speech given to Ursuline College Grads this year (2004) by Sandra Pianalto The quote from the speech that caught my eye:

You will have many responsibilities simultaneously in your life—like having to juggle several balls at once. Visualize that in one hand you hold a rubber ball and in the other hand you hold a beautiful, fragile, glass ball. The rubber ball represents your career, your work, and your volunteer activities. The glass ball represents your family, your friends, and your health.

What happens if you drop the rubber ball? It will bounce. Someone will pick it up for you or it will stay put until you are able to pick it up again. What happens if you drop the glass ball? If you’re lucky, it will only crack. But it may smash into a million pieces. Either way, it will never be the same.

So, along with everything that you learn, there is something you should learn not to do. Don’t let your justifiable concern about your career cause you to drop the precious ball that represents your family, your friends, and your health.

How true.  Family and Friends are really the reason you’re at work…not the other way around.  It’s all about the glass ball – that’s the one that you have to keep, and nurture!

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