Work-life integration instead of balance

When I was in seminary, one of my professors would get upset if we talked about ‘balance’, as in balancing studying the Word vs. walking in the Holy Spirit or balancing emotion vs. the intellect.

He got upset because balance means there has to be tension somewhere.  Two things fighting against each other create balance.

I’ve thought about that as it relates to work-life balance.  I don’t want my work life to fight against my home life so that I reach some kind of tension-filled stand-off between the two.

The word my professor preferred was ‘harmonize’.  Harmony integrates two things in a way that makes both fuller and more interesting and more powerful.

If we’re doing work right – if we’re engaging our careers well, we are harmonizing our work life and home life. We are integrating the two to make them both stronger.

In this fourth video in the 7 Day Challenge, Tony Dungy talks about work-life integration.  Unless I missed it, I don’t believe he talks ‘balance’ at all.  He discusses how to integrate your family into your work and vice versa.

I think it’s a powerful and much more helpful way of looking at things than trying to create a balance where you’re always trying to manage tension between the two worlds.

But…. I’ll let you watch Tony Dungy, Super Bowl winning coach and committed, dedicated family man.

Click here to watch the video now.

Learn how to bring work and home life together, to integrate them….harmonize them.

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PS – Even if you’re not the boss and a Super Bowl winning coach, consider how you can use Tony’s ideas for having a family policy at work. Check it out by clicking here now!

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