Updated: Sep 30, 2019
"So be sure when you step. Step with great care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act."- Dr. Seuss
Everyone gets tempted to do what they want to do, whether they know it or not. That's when it's important to remember the quote above from the classic book by Dr. Seuss, "Oh, The Places You'll Go!". It's hard for all of us to make the right decisions in life most of the time. Here's a decision I struggle with daily:
For me, it's hard to level out how much time I CAN spend reading in my room by myself with how much time I SHOULD spend playing with my little sister. I always encounter this when I want to read and relax in the privacy of my room and my sister runs to my door right when I start getting settled in. She begs me to play with her and half of the time, I dismiss her causing me to have immediate regret and her to have immediate sadness. During those dismissive times, my heart tells me if I spent just a couple minutes with her, both of us would be satisfied and happy.
Luckily, I've found that there's a way to succeed in this "Great Balancing Act", and it's quite easy to do. When I need to make a decision, I should just listen to what my heart tells me and take it's advice instead of doing what I want to do in the moment (your heart is almost always right, so take into account what it tells you!). I try to keep in mind that if I do this technique correctly, it will make other people and myself more joyful. Sometimes, thinking with your heart can even change your entire relationship with another person because treating them with "great care" leads to them showing you kindness and respect in return.
Please write if this technique has ever helped you in the comments or the way you succeed in your own "Great Balancing Act".