The ongoing, universal challenge
A few years ago, we at CCCA asked a group of NextGeneration Leaders what topics they would find most valuable in a mentoring relationship to help position them better for leadership roles in camp and conference ministry. At the top of the list was work/life balance.
Why? Because it doesn’t take long for a young person in camping ministry to see that this work can become all-consuming. Particularly if they’ve worked through a summer or two at camp. Long days make for short nights, which leads to exhaustion and sliding toward burnout. The spiritual rewards and emotional return on investment of time is what keep most going – and coming back for more.
Nevertheless, in the backs of the minds of many I spoke with was the concern that they would not be able to maintain the lifestyle, to keep up with the pace of camp life and be satisfied with it – particularly if they had a deep desire for healthy personal relationships, including marriage and parenting.
Today I ran across an article that comes at this concern from the other side of the issue. It’s titled, “Don’t Fool Yourself – There is no Work/Life Balance.” Well, that’s a new way of looking at it. So, forget about your personal life and get back to work, is that it? No, not really.
Check out Holly Hamann’s article. Originally published in Fast Company magazine, it was republished on LinkedIn: Holly Hamann: Don’t Fool Yourself – There is No Work/Life Balance
I love the photo accompanying the article – the egg balanced precariously on the edge of a table. Sometimes life feels that way. I thought the author’s advice so good, I wanted to share it with you.
Which of her four ways to balance your life do you find most helpful? Which is hardest for you?
- Take 30 Minutes Each Morning before Checking Email or Phone
- Identify Your Personal Critical Path Priorities
- Find a Non-Work-Related Passion
- Build a Community of Support
Please share your comments here.