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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Learn to Juggle

When I was in high school, my favorite book (practically my "Bible") was Joseph Heller's Catch 22. It's a tale of the absurdity of war. The "Catch" in the title was a reference to impossibly conflicting bureaucratic policies.

We could all cite examples.

Recently my school told me that a report was due in the middle of Week 19. It was an evaluation of each class, and 25% of the weight of the evaluation was assigned to the average performance of each class on their final exams.

The catch? Week 19 was final exam week! The report couldn't possibly be completed until after the tests were administered and scored.

But it's not just bureaucracy that creates these "catches." Life is full of conflicting, even mutually exclusive priorities.

Balancing these is one of the secrets of happiness.

Can you do it? Can you be a parent and an employee and a volunteer and a contemplative? Or must you "rob Peter to pay Paul"?

Learn to juggle your priorities. Perhaps something can be eliminated. Something else might be postponed. Or perhaps you can kill two birds with one stone. (Take your kid to your volunteer activity, for example.)

Learn to weave your way through the complexities of life.

You'll be happier.

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