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Chapter 11. BALANCING LIFE WITH SPIRITUALITY

Chapter 11. BALANCING LIFE WITH SPIRITUALITY

Many people find that their natural instinct is to turn to their spiritual foundation or religious beliefs when life finds them frazzled. Most of us believe that at our core is a spiritual essence or soul. Admittedly, when you have a day that sounds sort of like the following, you need something: You wake at 5:30 a.m., pack three lunches for each of your kids, fight over the shower schedule, your spouse takes one kid to daycare and two catch the bus. Before you are down the block starting your commute, your oldest child calls you on your cell phone and begs you to drop off her homework assignment at school so she doesn't flunk biology. You do this, followed by a one-hour commute in stop-and-go traffic, get to work to find an immediate crisis over a management report, wolf down lunch at your desk, get a call at 3:00 that the preschooler is throwing up at daycare, and call your spouse to fight over who is leaving work early to handle the situation. You flip a coin and lose. So, you go to daycare, bringing home a briefcase of work, and then you get your child settled on the couch with a video. You work from home until the dinner hour. Your spouse is taking your middle child to soccer. You eat take-out—and yours is cold because your sick child throws up in the middle of you trying to eat it. Laundry. Homework supervision. Baths for children. Check email. Another crisis looming at work. Vaguely kiss your spouse's cheek before passing out. Start whole thing all over again . . . Sound familiar?

It's not always fun being a grown-up. There . . . we said it. In fact, if anyone told us when we were kids what it's really like to be an adult, most of us would have opted to stay children forever. Maybe Peter Pan had the right idea. The aforementioned out-of-breath scenario doesn't even take into account some of the more common “big issue” problems such as the following.


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