Balancing between personal and professional, needs and wants. Between immediate family and extended family, birth family and in-laws. Between Ron-and-me and our children.
Getting through just one day is a balancing act. I have an article to write, yet laundry is piled up and the refrigerator is almost empty. Our 9-month pregnant daughter-in-law is feeling miserable, and Ron's mother is hospitalized in Reno with a serious lung infection. I want to help and comfort them. Here on my desk are notices for 3 must-attend 8th grade activities, all happening in the next 5 days, and the 8th grade grad party committee is asking me for help.
And yet I'm dashing off to Seattle for a weekend business meeting in 2 weeks. I thought working at home would preclude boring yada-yada meetings, but technology and the times have cured that. Yesterday, I had 2 hour-long phone conferences.
Ron told me that I wished him Happy Birthday in the middle of last night. His birthday is in August.It's a blessing to be needed and loved, and a privilege to help our family. And I'm profoundly grateful for the opportunities that God has heaped on me.
But....I don't have an ending to this. It's just a "but." But how should I balance it all? How can I get it all done? How can I keep my writing focus when there's so much to do?
I'm the glue that holds it together in our home and family.
This bottle of Elmer's is tired today.