Does it seem like there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Are you often pulled in several directions, juggling priorities and demands? Or does your life feel balanced? Most people in today’s world might say they feel overwhelmed, which suggests they feel out of balance.
Yet the often-mentioned concept of life “balance” isn’t particularly constructive. The balance metaphor just isn’t very helpful or realistic.
People have different styles in how they manage the boundaries in their life activities. Many of us don’t really feel balanced, and the idea of trying to attain “balance” just isn’t helpful. We stress and struggle to live up to an image of doing it all, and in just the right amounts.
But if we think more about spiritual work and how it blends life boundaries, more options can open up — both for individuals and for communities like UUCR.
The more control a person has over where, how, and when they contribute to an organization and how they manage other responsibilities, the easier it is for them to fit the different pieces of life together. Greater control leads to a feeling of more autonomy, security, and spirituality, as well.
What does this mean for how you approach the issue of balance in UUCR? The concept of boundaries can reframe the conversation members have with one another, the leadership of the church, and with their families.
If you don’t have the time or energy to run a committee, or even be a member of a committee, for this community, only you can know. Yet, our “charge” as a newly invigorated committee is to ask everyone what they can do to serve — in some way, small or large — UUCR this year, in the hope that we are building confident, supported leaders now and in the years to come. Please think deeply about what time and energy you DO have for service to UUCR.
When we ask, think of your boundaries and what you might be able to do … that will nurture your own spirituality.
The Leadership Development Committee
M.Q. Riding, Diane Shields, and Amy Warner
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and all ideas to contribute to UUCR.