Friday, January 21, 2005
Your Life As A Variety Show
The idea of creating balance in our lives is a popular one, but for the most part, I think it is unsustainable and unrealistic. It's not a balancing act between just two variables of "work" and "life" - it's far more complex than that. Rather than a teeter-totter image, think about a circus performer who tries to balance themselves on top of a giant ball. The ball can go in any direction and it takes an immense amount of concentration and energy to remain centered on top.
But, there are other models for us to consider.
It used to be that TV had solid lineups of variety shows. Remember Milton Berle, Ed Sullivan, and Jack Benny? What about Sonny and Cher and the Muppets? What made them great and interesting was that you always had a wide selection of entertainment. There was usually some singing, some comedy, and some stunts (like guys jugggling chainsaws on fire) in each episode. The different acts kept the show engaging and viewers wondering what would come next.
What would happen if we think of our lives as a variety show with each of our roles as different acts? Each day's episode can contain...
professional acts - ladies and gentlemen, look as he puts out fires with his bare hands
parent acts - watch as he solves multiple interpersonal conflicts with the greatest of ease
friend acts - observe as he enjoys a dinner with people he loves
and the possibilities are endless...
Don't be afraid to add variety to your life. If your day is dominated by professional acts, think about ways to squeeze in some other acts. Watching the same act over and over gets boring not only to the folks around you, but to you, as well.
Categories: c.Creativity; c.Careers; c.Living; c.Play