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Being More Spiritual in this Life

There’s much to appreciate in the world, especially in nature.

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No matter how long you live, you’re on this earth for an exceedingly short time, relatively speaking. Perhaps an afterlife exists, but who can say?

There’s so much to appreciate in the world, especially in nature. Whether or not you believe in God, nature is awe-inspiring. 10,000 years ago, heck, 4.5 billion years ago, the sun rose in the east as it does every morning, all over the earth and across your front lawn. It will be the same 5.0 billion years from now until the sun’s composition swells up, engulfs the earth, and dies as a small white dwarf star.

Life is exuberant throughout the universe, and each of us is part of this massive chain. Millions more species exist than we have been able to catalog. Currently 7.9 billion people inhabit the planet, soon to be 8 billion. The more densely populated urban and suburban areas become, the more vital it is to be kind to one another. We might not all get along all of the time, but for now this one planet is all we have.

Where Learning Occurs

All major civilizations have had something to impart to humanity, be they cave dwellers, Sumerians, Egyptians, early Greeks, Goths, Seljuks, American Indians, and Papua New Guineans. We can learn from everyone. Many aspects of ancient wisdom are still applicable today. When you add it all up, our commonalities are enormous, much more than our differences.

Whether or not you are religious does not equate to whether or not you are spiritual. Some people attend a house of worship on Sunday, but leave their spirituality at the door. Ideally, being religious and spiritual is a blessed combination, but if you could only choose one, perhaps lean toward spirituality.

You can practice spirituality all day in many different ways. Helping others in the smallest of ways can make a difference. Appreciating nature, even if it’s tending to your garden, has an impact on others who pass by. Here are other ideas each of them require very little effort:

* Pick up litter you see on the road or in a neighbor’s yard.
* Allow someone to get ahead of you in line when their need seems urgent.
* Be gracious with someone has overcharged you.
* Offer a thank-you note to someone who helped you.
* Be a person of your word.

Extraterrestrial Life

If we ever encounter extraterrestrial life, our concept of and relation to the deity will irrevocably change. So will our perceived role in the universe.

The universe is mysterious and vast, to say the least. For those who are highly spiritual, an extraterrestrial encounter won’t upset the apple cart because, in many respects, spiritual types have contemplated all along the existence of other intelligent species.

If you are so inclined, now is the easiest time in history to find and affiliate with other spiritual individuals. Through simple online research, you can find groups in your area be they meditators, chanters, or visualizers, etc.

The Opportunities Abound

You have the opportunity to read up on spirituality via many blogs, articles, and books. Countless numbers of videos produced by an array of practitioners, spiritual guides, and leaders offer timely and timeless messages on many aspects of spirituality as well.

As you begin to develop a more spiritual mindset, you realize that surrogate family members – people you have met on your journey – can be as close as nuclear family and blood relations. Except for the accident of birth, you could be ‘first cousins’ with some surrogate family members.

You can extend your spirituality to mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. They have a place on earth. Are elephants, which have the ability to exhibit more than 200 different emotions any less worthy than you or me? I think not.

Finding the Quiet

Habits that you can develop can become most comforting and bring great peace of mind. If you’re able to carve out a little time to have quiet mornings and/or quiet evenings, how rewarding that can be might surprise you. Many people have the opportunity in the morning or possibly the evening to spend 10 or 15 minutes apart from their previous routines to be contemplative, thankful, observant, and reflective.

Clearly, it’s not the one with the most toys who wins, it’s those with the most joys, and happiness comes from within.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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Work-Life Balance in Your Life

It the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home-life

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Work-life balance (WLB) is the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home-life with sufficient leisure. WLB, also referred to by some as work-life harmony, work-life shift, work-life blend, work-life effectiveness, or work-life integration, requires focus and awareness despite seemingly endless tasks and activities competing for our time and attention.

Work-life balance entails having what I call “breathing space” for yourself each day, feeling a sense of accomplishment while not being consumed by work, and having an enjoyable domestic life without short-changing career obligations. WLB is rooted in whatever fulfillment means to you within the course of a day and a week, and however many years you have left in your life.

Supporting Disciplines

Several disciplines support work-life balance though, individually, none are synonymous with work-life balance:

1) Self Management

Sufficiently managing one’s self can be challenging, particularly in getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Self-management is the recognition that effectively using the spaces in our lives is vital, and that life, time, and available resources are finite. It means becoming captain of our own ship; no one is coming to steer for us.

2) Time Management

Effective time management involves making optimal use of your day and the supporting resources that can be summoned – you can only keep pace when your resources match your challenges. Time management is enhanced through appropriate goals and discerning what is both important and urgent, versus important OR urgent. It entails understanding what you do best and when, and assembling the appropriate tools to accomplish specific tasks.

3) Stress Management

By nature, societies tend to become more complex over time. In the face of increasing complexity, stress on the individual is inevitable. More people, noise, and distractions, independent of one’s individual circumstances, require each of us to become more adept at maintaining tranquility and being able to work ourselves out of pressure-filled situations. Most forms of multi-tasking ultimately increase our stress, while focusing on one thing at a time helps decrease stress.

4) Change Management

In our fast-paced world, change is virtually the only constant. Continually adopting new methods, adapting old, and re-adapting all methods is vital to a successful career and a happy home life. Effective change management involves offering periodic and concerted efforts so that the volume and rate of change at work and at home does not overwhelm or defeat you.

5) Technology Management

Effectively managing technology requires ensuring that technology serves you, rather than abuses you. Technology has always been with us, since the first walking stick, spear, flint, and wheel. Today, the rate of technological change is accelerating, brought on by vendors seeking expanding market share. Often you have no choice but to keep up with the technological Joneses, but rule technology, don’t let it rule you.

6) Leisure Management

The most overlooked of the work-life balance supporting disciplines, leisure management acknowledges 1) the importance of rest and relaxation, 2) that “time off” is a vital component of the human experience, and 3) that one can’t indefinitely short-change leisure without repercussions. Curiously, too much of the same leisure activity, however enjoyable, can lead to monotony. Thus, effective leisure management requires varying one’s activities.

Entirely Achievable

Achieving work-life balance does not require radical changes in what you do. It is about developing fresh perspectives and sensible, actionable solutions that are appropriate for you. It is fully engaging in life with what you have, right where you are, smack dab in the ever-changing dynamics of your existence.

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