Live a Life of Balance

John Wooden is an NCAA Hall of Fame basketball coach, who led the UCLA men’s basketball team to ten national championships over a span of twelve years in the mid-1960s and 70s. Wooden was much more than a basketball coach to his players. He was the ultimate teacher of life. One of Wooden’s famous quotes is “Next to love, balance is the most important thing”.

Are you living a life of balance? Unfortunately, statistics today point to a majority of Americans feeling over worked, stressed out and short on time. Your time is one of your most valuable assets, so be careful how you spend it. Regardless of who you are or what you do in life, each of us is gifted with the same 24 hours in a day. It’s up to you how you choose to invest it. Too many people spend too much time on things that don’t matter much on the grand scale of life. Instead of investing in real relationships, they spend countless hours each week on social media. Instead of sharing more quality family time, parents are glued to their smart phones, while the kids are in their rooms playing video games. Instead of exercising more, people watch more episodes of their favorite reality TV show.

There’s nothing wrong with doing any of the above, but if you find yourself investing too much time on things that don’t have a positive return, then you lose precious time that could be spend on more meaningful pursuits – family, friends, your education, church, volunteering, exercising, etc. – that have a better return on investment.

I always say that you can tell everything you need to know about a person by how they spend their two most valuable resources: their time and their money. How are you spending your time each week? Are you making enough time to take care of yourself and your family? If not, it might be time to use time, and don’t let it use you.

Peace, health and happiness!