Balancing act: Life's balancing act goes beyond work and home
We discovered during our trip that we could be much more flexible. We didn't have a set meal schedule, and in fact skipped a couple of formal meals in favor of snacking so we could do the things we wanted to do. No problem.
We could stay up a little later than usual without having to worry about keeping little ones in the same hotel room up past their bedtime, and we weren't awakened by children jumping on our bed at 7 a.m.
While we were looking around the park, we didn't hear any kid complaints about it being too hot, or about feet being tired. And when we were in some of the Springdale shops, we didn't have to keep an eye on any children to make sure they weren't going to break something fragile.
As I said, we set our own pace and thoroughly enjoyed it.
We also enjoyed the opportunity to really focus on talking to each other. During the drive down and back, we listened to music we used to play while taking road trips as a newly married couple. We recalled inside jokes from those younger days (often related to wordplay, since we're both writing nerds), and enjoyed some new silliness that will stick with us for years to come.
Of course, we also talked about more serious things regarding our lives and our family. And we talked about our children quite a bit. Even though we were enjoying a weekend without them, we still missed them and started mentally planning a return trip to Zion with our entire family, noting what the various kids would and would not enjoy.
You see, it really is all about balance. Between work life and home life. Between attention to spouse and attention to children. Between time with family and time for yourself.
Figuring this out isn't easy, but I don't think it's supposed to be. We've got a relatively short amount of time in this life, and we have a lot to learn about being the best we can at the roles we choose to fill, whether we're a manager, an employee, a parent, a spouse or just a person who wants to contribute in a positive way to the world.
I'm glad I had a weekend with my wife to help bring that part of my life into a little better balance. As for the rest, I'll keep working on it. I hope you'll do the same.