Damien gets to the heart of a struggle of many of us…and his words ring true. I always seem to be “balancing many projects,” and just like those cups in the photo, if one falls, they all fall! This is one of the very reasons that I took “off” last week…to maintain the balance!
Balance and Wellness – It is essential to living life well.
Being in the “game” of freebies, free stuff and saving money online for the past two years, I have spent countless hours on the Internet, updating websites and searching for new free stuff, trying to build traffic and optimize my site for Google. Taking some time to reflect recently, a stark truth and realization hit me.
For the amount of time I was spending on the site, was I achieving what I was meant to be doing with the website?
The fundamental question that needed to be answered, why am I running a website? When I sat down and thought deeply about this, I knew I was in this to make a side income and whilst that does not make my intentions any less noble I found myself realizing that I was spending more time working on the site, basically doubling my time working on top of a 9-5 day job. The notion behind starting a site was so I could be financially independent and spend more time with my family was now becoming a distant reality.
It is so easy to get caught up with “doing” things, writing emails, developing advertisement, communicating with other webmasters which takes time, but what is really important in life? In the bible in Ecclesiastes, it states that there is a “time for everything under the sun” and I truly believe that. Whether or not you believe in God, there is a fundamental truth and principle that we can all take into account living our lives.
We need to be still and reflect and not be on the go all the time.
To live without relationships is not living at all. Money isn’t the be all and end all of everything. Of course I would dearly love more people to visit my site, but if it’s at the cost of my relationship with my family and friends then I gain nothing. In fact I go into negative and I am worse off for it. My encouragement to you today is that saving money, being thrifty and getting things for free is great fun, but if it takes up more time than it should and replaces the relationships that need developing, then switch off the computer and spend some real quality time with the ones you love.
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