Five Balls in Our Lives

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Brian G. Dyson, President and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises, once said that “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.”

A lot of us focus on our job too much and even forget to take care of other things in our lives. As the quote above, job is the only thing we can start over and fight for it again. But if we lose or have damages on our family, health, friends and spirit, we will not get them back again. So be sure we put our family, health, friends and spirit before our works, which we will have less regret in our life time.

Here is “four glasses balls” we need to care more than our work:

  1. Family

Family is the only thing you can’t change at all in your life because you are born with the way it is. We don’t choose our father, mother, sisters and brothers. Every time when I hear my friends fought with their family, I think it is waste of time. Because we all know that one day we still need to talk to them and have the dinner with. So we all should try to treat our family better. Although family will be there for us forever, we shouldn’t break their heart. Once you damage the relationship in the family, you all will have the knot in your hearts and you know things are not the same anymore.

  1. Health

Health is the long-term relationship with ourselves that we need to take care every minute and every day. If we don’t see health is important in our life time, our body will give out the alarm right away. Once you don’t have healthy body, no matter how much money you have, you don’t have the chance to spend it.

  1. Friends

There is a saying that “people rely on family at home and rely on friends when you step out the house.” We need to have friends to hang out with, to share our thoughts, and to feel support from etc. Value our friends because we sometimes need some comfort from them.

  1. Spirit

It is hard to control our spirit. We need to try to think positively and have the good heart. We sometimes need to rethink what life we want and give a break in our busy daily life. We should give ourselves the chance the breath through our spirit and have the beautiful heart, so we will have the power to keep walking.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ryanrmoser
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 11:29:15

    Great blog Jenny, its really easy to ignore those close to us when work gets in the way. I hope this gets quite a few reads.


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