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Helene Lerner, TV host, Author, and Seminar Leader has contributed the following excerpt from her latest book, entitled “Finding Balance”

Today I will take the time out to do the unexpected.

How often do we get so caught up in activities that we can't take advantage of the unexpected gifts that come our way?  When we get too busy to smile back at a caring neighbor, or chuckle with a child who is tugging at our coat, or lend a hand to an elderly person who is walking across the street, we are out of sync with what's really important in our lives.

We can get back in balance if we bring ourselves into the moment, pause, and take a look at what's around us, really see the people in front of us and listen to what they are saying.  If we put our full attention on them, we'll be surprised by the gifts that come our way.

Sally's recent experience illustrates this point.  She says, "I was busy working at home and my two-year-old daughter came running over to me.  I asked my baby-sitter to take her away.  I kept trying to get through to my client but was unable to.  My daughter was also persistent and kept calling,  'Mommy, come in here,' from the next room. "It dawned on me that maybe I should take a break.  Left to my own devices, I wouldn't have realized that I needed one.  But my daughter knew better.  We spent a lovely half hour rolling around on the floor and playing with her favorite ball."

Balance happens when we take time out to play.  When we do, we find that we have renewed enthusiasm to tackle our projects again. 

Grant me the willingness to play
in the midst of a busy schedule.

Provided by :  Helene Lerner, TV host, Author, and Seminar Leader and reprinted with permission.

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If you would like to purchase her book or read more about it click here Our Power As Women : The Wisdom and Strategies of Highly Successful Women  is a collection of 75 never before published essays from GREAT women.  Filled with motivating stories.

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