The quote “Hit a Brick Wall, Congratulations” describes what C.E.O. Kyle Zimmer advocates (New York Times, Business Section, May 27, 2012, p. 2). In fact, her organization sometimes gives awards for ideas that fail.
I love blogging for Psychology Today. However, I have been unable to think of a new topic for my next blog. I began to analyze why I was blocked. I realized it was because I was in the midst of multiple transitions and could not focus on anything else. Although I have tried to stay away from personal stories, I think there are some lessons to be learned.
Johnette was happy. Her marriage was good, her son completed college and had his first job. Things were moving along according to plan. Contrast this with her best friend, Donna, whose daughter dropped out of school and eventually died of an overdose. As her friend said, your children should be burying you not the other way around. Another friend of theirs, fought breast cancer for a year.
The balancing act goes on all through life. If you have small children, you are balancing work and family; if you have aging parents, you are balancing work, leisure and family; if you have a chronic illness you are balancing your health needs with the needs of others.