Resources and Comments in Response to “Discovering Work-Life Balance”
David Edman Gray’s “Discovering Work-Life Balance” (the August 20, 2012 Alban Weekly, adapted from the upcoming book, Practicing Balance: How Congregations Can Support Harmony in Work and Life) cites statistics which bolster Gray’s assertion that families are increasingly suffering from an imbalance between work demands and spiritual needs. Chief among these needs are to develop a deeper connection with God and to enjoy life more.
Part of the imbalance stems from the increasing need to have both spouses working longer hours in a precarious economy, as well as from technological advances that enable our work to follow us wherever we go. As a Presbyterian pastor, Gray has found through pastoral experience that “work-life imbalance is at the heart of many of the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual problems people face.”
Gray advocates greater workplace flexibility, as well as enriched spiritual practices, to support fuller attention to family lives and to “keep people emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy.”
What resources can support work-life balance? Please consider these items: Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down; Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives; and Wrestling with Grace: A Spirituality for the Rough Edges of Daily Life.
And please check out the End of Summer Sale from Alban Publishing!
What are your stories and thoughts on this topic? And what resources do you suggest? We look forward to hearing from you.