Busting the Myth of Work-Life Balance by Susan Olding

So many of us strive for that perfect schedule where we finish work and then just live, play, relax, and create. However, we all need to realize that if work can take so much of our time, then we need to embrace it.
Thanks, Crystal

QWF Writes

Inside the Cardinal Studio, one of the Leighton Studios at Banff Centre for the Arts.

About a year ago, I was invited to give a talk to some graduate students at Queen’s University about what was billed as “work-life balance.” Sure, I said. Why not? That should be easy.

There was only one small problem. For me, “work-life balance” is an unattainable mirage. I am the farthest thing from an expert on the topic.

The truth is, most of my days pass in a blur of immediate “to-dos.” And the hours that I so carefully set aside for creative work often go instead to the unanticipated trip to the doctor, the emergency phone call from the school or the rush-rush project for the paid job.

I used to spend a lot of time feeling resentful, inadequate and guilty about that. Because other people seemed to combine their creative work with the rest of their lives successfully. Other people seemed to have some magical ability that…

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An Open Letter to Everyone

Dear Everybody,

Did I ever tell you that you are the most beautiful, handsome person. I’m not just saying that. I literally looked at you and thought “Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous creation.” There may be some who say that beauty is a matter of opinion. However, in my short, almost 16 year long life, I have found that there is always something that is beautiful about everyone.

I’m not the only one who thinks so. God, our creator, the master of the human form looked at you and said “This is very good.” I pray that you learn to believe it.