Everyone of us live daily lives consisting of 24 hours and yet distribute, different values to those same hours and how we spend them. Either out of necessity or choice, we are equally endowed with the same pie to slice from.
There are times and stages of our lives when our use of our hours are rigid, they are defined for us out of necessity. If you have small children at home, you have a parental responsibility to perform caregiver tasks, depending on their ages, in proportion to their needs. So we can refer to such hours of necessity as, designated proportions.
Designated proportions of our daily hours have only minor flexibility. In order to keep balance (our 1st basic principle) in our schedule and avoid chaos, those hours carry weight in relation to the whole. They hold importance and as such will appear to be, an emphasis in our daily routine. Emphasis will be another one our basic principles to be discussed.
You may have other hours of your day that are considered designated hours. Those that cannot be robbed from without it effecting the whole of the day.
We are all different, our lives consist of differences. Demands are placed on each of us during our daily hours that are varied to extremes. So there is no one size fits all for slicing our pie.
What I hope to help you to evaluate through these principles is an honest and genuine understanding of these elements that work together, either for or against us.
We have all seen those people we admire that seem to have it all together, they seem to be able to balance it all so well. It makes us scratch our head in wonder. How do they do it?
Well unless you know them really personally, see them over time in different settings and environments, such as public and private settings, you may not see the whole pie.
The larger proportion of our pie sometimes can be equated to that part closest to the heart of us.
For example, if you are a workaholic, then you have chosen to slice your pie to accommodate that type of schedule. It is important to you, you prioritize what is left of your daily pie in segments of where they fall on your priority list.
The Bible tells us in Jesus’ own words: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Matt 6:21 KJV
What we are passionate about, what we treasure, will always be recognizable in our life.
When it comes right down to the truth of the matter, we are more often than not, responsible for how we manage and divide our daily hours. If we are not getting enough proper rest or sleep, if we do not allow time to tend to proper nutrition, if we neglect our household chores, the problem lies within our own choices.
If we are feeling stress and find ourselves saying things like:
“There just aren’t enough hours in the day”!
“Well I have been meaning to, or I have been planning to…”
“I have that on my to do list but can’t ever seem to get around to it”!
Then you need to evaluate proportions within the whole and admit that your choices on how you slice your pie are effecting your well-being and perhaps, the well-being of those you love.
Maybe it is time to make a change. Maybe it is time to step out on faith and say I want to Live a Purposed Life. But only you can do that, on purpose!
Read these definitions and think about them in relationship to your life.
1. harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole : balance, symmetry
2. a : proper or equal share
b : quota, percentage
3. the relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree : ratio
4. the relationship that exists between the size, number, or amount of two things
5. the correct or appropriate relationship between the size, shape, and position of the different parts of something.
What in your life is out of proportion? What changes could you make that help to balance and manage daily life better?