Back in the olden days, I was a master at squeezing the maximum efficiency out of my day. I had to. I had two demanding full-time jobs and was raising my two sons. I would plan my upcoming Sunday sermons on the drive to a sales training I conducted two-and-a-half hours away. I probably would have returned phone calls on the drive back, but that was also in the day of roaming cell phone fees. Work-life balance was really was just work. The life part was only because I was still breathing.
My sister has a wonderful mantra: I work to play. She’s a highly skilled nurse who also teaches and writes textbooks. She has the crazy 12-hour shifts that leave no room for much else when she’s working. She’s out of the house before 6:00 am and home around 8:00 pm, if she’s lucky. Her days off are doing the usual: laundry, grocery shopping, and… planning for her next adventure. She loves to travel, surfing is her latest hobby, and all of her adventures require some kind of extreme outdoor activity.
I’m sure most people wonder how we can be related. She does everything except walk and I can barely walk!
My very concrete, tech-wizard husband was asking me, over our morning coffee, about what I did at the gym this morning. I told him all about this side thought-process I was having while listening to a podcast on web development riding the stationary bike and walking on the treadmill this morning. I’m sure he wished he hadn’t asked.
He knows I’m an avid listener to podcasts and iTunes U courses during the mundane aspects of working out. It’s when I start waxing philosophical on what I’m listening to and why that he starts to glaze over. He’s really goes comatose when I begin weaving this elaborate this-is-how-all-the-dots-connect soliloquy.
But isn’t that just how life is? A magnificent tapestry is being woven of each of our lives. Everyday, the people, experiences, and thoughts we have are the threads of texture, hue, luminosity, shadow, and highlights that makeup the design and story of each of our lives.
And on the other side of eternity, we’ll be able to stand back and see the masterpiece of our lives. We’ll see how each of the threads, when woven with other threads and knotted with yet some other threads, tell the story of our time in these earth suits.
I bet we’ll be amazed.