Last week I wrote about a quotation that a friend had shared with me:
Life is a game in which you are juggling 5 balls.Â The balls are called WORK, FAMILY, HEALTH, FRIENDS, and INTEGRITY.Â And you’re keeping all of them in the air.Â But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball.Â If you drop it, it will bounce back.Â The other four balls – FAMILY, HEALTH, FRIENDS, INTEGRITY – are made of glass.Â If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.Â And once you truly understand the lesson of the 5 balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.
~From Suzanne’s Diary for NicholasÂ by James Patterson
I had read Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas before, but it had been a long time, and I couldn’t recall the storyline.Â So I got another copy and just re-read it.Â It’s a quickie book – only took a couple hours to read.Â Such a good book with such a good message.Â So, if you’ve never read the book – find a copy and read it.Â
In thinking about the five balls, I realize that I do a pretty good job of balance in my life except for the health ball.Â So, since all I’ve done since I got home from work is read that book, eat two sugar-free ice cream barsÂ and then write this post, I’ll go get some exercise.Â