Balancing Family and Career Part 1

Updated: Aug 13



In the early 80’s there was a perfume commercial that told us we could “bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan . . . cause I am woman”.  This became the theme song for most women in the workplace, we thought we could do it all.  Through the years, I’ve learned a few things and one of them is I can’t do it all.  Life is always about choices.  The art of balancing career and family is all about choices, and that’s the hard part. 


How do we make these choices and how do we know we have a choice to make in the first place?

Three words come to mind when dealing with this subject – Messy, Impatient, and Inadequate.  These are 3 words I would use to describe my own life while I was trying to balance career, children, aging parents, and continuing my education.  These are also words I hear from clients as they struggle to find peace and a renewed sense of self-worth.  For most of us there are way too many balls in the air on any given day and the juggling becomes almost impossible, or so it seems.


The root choice behind all of our issues is the choice between Love and Fear. When we choose Love we are choosing to live from our Soul and the connection to our Creator


When we choose Fear we are choosing to live from our EGO – Easing God Out.  Every day, in everything we do, we have the choice between the way of Love and the way of Fear. What’s your choice?


In the morning I wake up choosing Love, something happens, and I act out of Fear. Then I reflect and choose Love again and then something happens and Fear creeps back in. This cycle continues every day, every minute of the day and each time I have the choice. Some days I do a better job at choosing and other days its as if Love does not even exist in my vocabulary.


The fact that I have the desire to always choose love is all that is needed. I am a human being and as such I will choose fear. I will fall and I will pick myself up and I will always have the desire to always choose love.


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Kate Theriot is a group facilitator, consultant, and spiritual director

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