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Balancing Act | February 23, 2016

Finding a balance is just a myth. There are seasons when we get so busy that everything in our plate is just falling apart. There are also times when we don’t have a lot of things to do. This situation is what I would call balance—a time to get busy and a time to play. As professional artists, it means that we’re constantly figuring out how to maximize our time given our situation. Still, even when I’m busy, I’m able to make time for the things that I find important. While it’s not easy, I do my best to make it work.

When people say that they’re busy and they don’t have time to do the things they want, the truth is it’s just not a priority. Whether it’s trying to write a novel or paint or sculpt, if we say that we want to do them but we don’t have the time, it means that it’s not our priority. We’re using time as an excuse—the oldest excuse in the book.

You have to figure out the things that are important to you and the things that aren’t. Is trying to learn an instrument just a wish? or are you serious to learn? Do you really want to become a painter or are you so dissatisfied with your job that you dream of doing something else? If you really want to do something, you have to find and make time for it. Being busy is just an excuse. What that really means is that I have so many things to do and this current activity that I seem to want to do is just a waste of time. So, are you really busy?

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