Monday, April 2, 2007

Life - Gotta Live It!

My fellow genealogist, David Bowles, of Writing The Westward Sagas has tagged me for a Meme. What is a Meme you ask? Meme (pronounced meem as in theme) is a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. We're transmitting this information via an internet blog, so what is a blog Meme?

A blog Meme is a type of Internet Meme that requires active participation by the blogger. It's often a series of questions that a blogger answers to share some personal perspective or experience on random topics.

David has tagged me to write a post about balance in life and link back to Lillie Ammann at A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye, who is responsible for this examination of life's balance.

Ah Life![1]

My instructions are that I may answer any or all of the following questions or simply share my thoughts about life balance.

How do you achieve balance in your life?
What is your biggest challenge in balancing your life?
What are your priorities?
How have your priorities changed over time and why?
What advice can you share to help all of us balance our own lives?

O.K., I've avoided the task at hand for long enough. Those who know me personally are rolling on the floor in fits of uncontrollable laughter as they read this, as I am easily the most unbalanced (in life - not mind) person that they know. Ignore them. You know what they say, "Those who can't - teach."[2] So here goes.

I achieve balance in my life by:

- taking my work seriously, but not taking myself too seriously;
- not taking others too seriously - even when they do;
- finding the humor in my life;
- putting one foot in front of the other every morning;
- celebrating my triumphs, however small;
- Scarlett O'Haraing the bad bits;
- knowing when to say no;
- learning something new every day - I'm easily bored;
- always wanting to know what tomorrow will bring;
- having a terrific husband who is far more balanced than I.

Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. -STEVE JOBS

And you thought he was just another millionaire geek with a pretty face. Not!

So there you have it. My precarious balance on life.

I would like to thank David Bowles for the privelege of this morning's mental gymnastics and in turn tag Chery Kinnick, of the Nordic Blue Blog, and Nikki-ann, in Mid Wales - UK, to tell us how they do it.


[1] "Sells Floto circus M'lle Beeson, a marvelous high wire Venus." The Strobridge Litho. Co., Cincinnati & New York, 1921. Poster. From the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Online Catalog [reproduction number, LC-USZC4-9672 (color film copy transparency)].
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[2] No teachers were intentionally injured in the posting of this article. I have never believed "Those who can't - teach." I admire and respect anyone who teaches.

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Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...

If more humor will help balance me I'm all for it. Steve Jobs? Great quote, I wouldn't have guessed the author.

April 2, 2007 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Lillie Ammann said...

Thanks for participating in the meme and for the excellent advice. Knowing when to say no is something many of us need to learn.

April 7, 2007 at 10:32 PM  

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