May 20, 2009

The balancing act

My college buddy 'Deepa Mahtani' forwarded a mail to me. It's a small speech by Bryan Dyson ( CEO, Coca Cola).

It's as follows:

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air.

You name them - Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you're keeping all of these in the Air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.

But the other four Balls - Family, Health, Friends and Spirit - are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked,damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it."

Extremely thoughtful!!!! When I told a close friend about this speech, he said ''But in order to keep the glass balls ticking and proper, we need the rubber ball in it's best condition".

I responded to this by saying that " One needs to realise that the biggest challenge for an employee is not in deciding where to give their due attention ie the rubber ball or glass balls. But the real challenge is to get the balancing act of giving the right attention to all the dimensions ie work, health, family, friends & spirit."

1 comment:

Ayeshwarya said...

A thought provoking idea...
Also made me realize that its the glass balls which bring sparkle in our lives :)

And since they are heavier,once we learn to juggle them, handling the rubber ball becomes easier!