Yeah, I know. Weird. I have no idea why, but it prompted me to think about how we "juggle" things in our lives.
I decided to do a little research on how to juggle.
WikiHow (How to Juggle) lists the steps of juggling that make it look so easy (although it takes a lot of practice). Here are a few:
1. Choose suitable balls.
WikiHow suggests beanbags because they won't roll away when dropped.
How many times have you heard people say, "I'm trying to juggle a full-time job, parenting, ministry, etc."? Or maybe you've said that yourself. Maybe you're in the midst of juggling a lot of things---a lot of heavy things.
If you're "dropping some of the balls," maybe you're simply not choosing suitable juggling material. Things like a job and family are obviously not optional juggling material, but could it be that these are your bean bags, your suitable juggling balls--the ones that won't roll away when dropped, and you're throwing in a ball or a plate--or a boulder?
Could it be that you're taking on too much? Is it possible to let something go?
2. Toss one ball for awhile to get the feel of juggling
Have you ever actually tried juggling without really knowing how to do it? I have. I just threw three balls up and they all came down. I wondered why I couldn't even catch one.
Apparently, your hands are not supposed to move much when you juggle.
Ever notice that when you're juggling several jobs, responsibilities or obligations you feel like an octopus? You might say, "I wish I had a third arm," or "I wish I could clone myself."
Taking on a second job, a third responsibility and a fourth ministry may seem noble, but if you haven't gotten that first ball figured out, it may result in a constant feeling of trying to catch up, or dropped balls.
There are, of course, more steps, which would take up way too much space on this blog, and too much of your reading time. I did, however, find some useful tips. Read these tips as they may relate to your current juggling.
- Begin juggling with your better hand.
- Try to find a pattern that works best for you. That way, you can juggle with ease.
- Relax, breathe, and don't get frustrated.
- Remember to juggle objects that all weigh the same amount. This will be much, much easier.
- If you find yourself constantly dropping the juggling balls, stop for a moment and refocus.
- A bed or a couch is useful for catching dropped balls.
Are you trying to keep too many balls in the air? Have you started juggling too many things before you've gotten the hang of the first thing? Is there something that perhaps you could let go of--even, let it drop?
In case you're actually interested in the real hobby of juggling, here's a great video to get you started.
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