A very good quote on balance

Published December 27, 2009 by livinggraciously

“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them–work, family, health, friends, and spirit–and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls–family, health, friends, and spirit–are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.” — Brian G. Dyson, speaking at Georgia Tech’s 172nd commencement address in September 1996. Dyson was then Coca-Cola Enterprises president and CEO.


4 comments on “A very good quote on balance

  • Hi there,

    I love the concept of your blog & will be following. I chose to comment on this quote because I think it’s so interesting that often I tend to treat it the other way around. I really appreciate your putting this one here. I also wonder if you think in 2009 that the 1996 optimism about that still holds.

    • I absolutely think it still holds. Work requires attention, but without friends, family and spirit, life is a pretty empty place. If I’m living solely to put food in my mouth and produce work product, that’s not living. The further we are from actual producing – the more we become a society of information instead of tangibles – the greater the danger of life being completely empty.

  • I wonder what this man would say to the fact that some people work for family…doesn’t that then make that work ball a little less rubbery?

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