It is possible to have both a successful career and meaningful family life and for most people, life is only truly fulfilling when they achieve both. As D. Quinn Mills along with Sasha K. Mattu and Kirstin R. Hornby write in their book Having It All …and Making It Work, balance is the way in which you can achieve this.
Balance requires a process. This means that you do not get into a position of balance and stay there indefinitely. Maintaining balance requires continual vigilance and effort. This is because life keeps changing and each change raises new threats to your balance.
Suppose you get promoted at work. This makes additional demands on your time. How do you balance these demands with the needs of your family? Alternatively, you and your spouse have another child. This increases the demand on the time you spend at home. How will you balance these demands with those of your career?
To quote the authors, "Balance is a process of adjusting to change in a way that keeps two most important things in your life - your family and your career - in the right relationship to each other, so that neither gets lost in the lurch."
With balance, you can have much of what you really want and less of what you do not want in your life and work.
Balance decreases the guilt, tension, pain and regret that are created when the two worlds of career and family conflict with each other. Therefore, balance allows you to be more emotionally present when at work and when at home. n