Meet my family. (Aren't they lovely?!) This post came to be because of an experience I had with them. This said experience shed some light on life, and maybe by sharing, it could help you in some way.
As a Health Coach, I work with people to help them strive to live a more balanced life. Since I teach this to others, I feel it’s important to create balance in my own home. In my mind, I was doing a pretty darn good job. Life gets going and we get in a groove. we feel comfortable in that groove. In my head, that groove was serving our family just as it should. But was it?
The week school started, I began thinking of the previous year and how our mornings would run. They were a little hectic with everyone fending for themselves at breakfast, meaning cereal, (no..not a healthy variety either ). I would get up and maybe go exercise or have some work to do. We were all running in separate directions thinking of ourselves. There would be fighting, sometimes panic over finding homework etc. I was relieved to get them all our the door. Yeah.. thinking back to that, I wasn't sure I wanted that to happen again. I laid thinking in my bed one night and decided to try something. I would get up a half hour earlier and make breakfast for my family. They could get their chores and showers done and meet at the table at 6:30 to eat as a family.
That first week, both of my older kids commented that they weren't starving by 10. I took that as a "way to go mom". I felt I was creating more balance in the diet area by feeding my family some whole grains, fruit and healthy fat for breakfast. The biggest a-ha was a few nights later. As a family we have family prayer each night before the kids head off to bed. We give thanks for the blessings we have and for the good things that happened that day. My oldest was giving the prayer that night and said that he was thankful that we had been able to eat breakfast and dinner together as a family each day.
WHAT?????? Even though eating a healthier breakfast was bringing some balance into their lives, what they really were craving was that extra time together. What a wake up call for me to know that there needed to be a bit more balance in our family structure as well. We weren't falling apart. In fact, we were doing well. However, there is always room for improvement. Taking those extra minutes every morning, waking up just a little earlier, and sitting together to start the day has brought a wonderful feeling to the start of our day. School is well in session and we continue to eat a healthy, balanced breakfast as a family every morning. We talk, share and grow closer during those breakfasts. I guess you could say we are being fed physically and emotionally.
The lesson I learned? Re-evaluate - I needed it! We all do. Staying in, or even finding balance can be tricky but is so good for us. Balance keeps us happier and less stressed. It can add little moments to your life that you end up being so grateful for. Take a moment and look into your own life. Think of work, movement, creativity, spirituality, diet, sleep, finances...... you get the picture. How are they all working together? Do you have one that dominates your life? Maybe a couple that do? How can you bring a little more balance to you life?
Until next time,
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Wife, mom and Health Coach. Lover of life and learning. (and my dog Steve)