The juggling act called Life – Reentry with an old post

I’m reblogging a post I wrote last year during the A to Z April Blogging challenge. I used juggling as my topic for the letter J and talked about the importance of keeping the balls in the air and identifying the ones that didn’t bounce.

Sometimes, life gets hectic or even crazy and priorities have a way of defining themselves during those times. I took a bit of a break from the internet, which included blogging, to shift my focus to a few of the other “balls” in my life. But I’m easing back in and am looking forward to catching up on all I missed.

Photo Credit: Flickr by Melody Joy Kramer

Photo Credit: Flickr by Melody Joy Kramer

According to, the definition of juggle is to keep several objects (such as balls, plates, tenpins, or knives)

in continuous motion in the air simultaneously by tossing and catching. People often use this term to describe their lives. And instead of juggling balls, plates, or knives, they are juggling schedules, tasks, or obligations.

Writers often juggle family time in addition to their writing, editing, social networking, and marketing (not to mention day job for many). Is there a perfect balance? No. What works for one person may not help anyone else.

But regardless of how or what you juggle, a few of your “up in the air” items have more value than others. Make sure you keep an eye on those. Those are the ones you don’t want to drop.

Are you looking for ways to help your juggling act? Below are links to websites with tips about productivity and time management.

Washington Romance Writers


Below are a few quotes about juggling.

“Juggling is sometimes called the art of controlling patterns, controlling patterns in time and space.” Ronald Graham

“Life is a juggling act that sometimes requires that you drop everything.” Linda Poindexter

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” James Patterson

What is your best juggling tip?

12 thoughts on “The juggling act called Life – Reentry with an old post

  1. I write all day, then I come home and write at night. Especially this month (AtoZ) a lot of other things have been neglected. It is challenging to de-scatter your thoughts and efforts. Thanks for the resources.


  2. Welcome back, Elsie. I always enjoy your thoughtfully written posts. I think one can’t be expected to juggle 24/7. Learning the necessity to suspend your juggles,
    for moments, hours or days, gives your mind and body the rest it needs to pick up those juggles again and handle them with agility and grace.


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