Balancing Balls

It’s all well and good making plans for a year of great intentions but if your focus is on doing the things that you’ve been educated to think are important but don’t really matter in the wider scope of things, then you’re simply wasting another year.

“Better to have a short life doing something that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way.” – Alan Watts

I recently heard this great metaphor in ‘The Foundation Podcast’ that basically said that you should split the focuses in your life into two categories, rubber balls and glass balls. Drop a rubber ball and it will bounce back harmlessly but drop a glass ball and you may lose it for good.

Here are some examples of both:

Glass Balls:

– Family

– Friends

– Health

Rubber Balls:

– Money

– Job / Career

– Reputation


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A lot of the time rubber balls disguise themselves as being the thing that will bring us closer to fulfilling our glass ball objectives but the truth is, it’s never worth spending your year/s focusing on rubber balls if there are glass balls at risk of being dropped.

“What would you do if money wasn’t an option? How would you spend your life?” – Alan Watts

This year, instead of creating more rubber ball resolutions stop and ask yourself what do you really desire? What really matters? You can only hold on to so many balls at one time so choose them wisely because some you cannot afford to drop.

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