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Choosing well from the buffet called life

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I once attended a big dinner party featuring a buffet with all sorts of food available. With my plate on hand, I moved around to pick my choices. I did not want to skip my favourite dishes, but I knew that I would not be able to eat everything. I could not have all my favourites on one plate if I proceeded with huge servings on some. So, I chose to get a small helping of each of my favourites so I could enjoy them all.

What an interesting metaphor for the complexities of life. Imagine your life buffet comprising your personal, professional, social and spiritual life. If you are given a platter and told that you only have once chance to fill it with your choices, what would you fill it with? If you opt to fill it with your professional and social life, there would be nothing left for your personal and spiritual life and vice versa. Thus, it is important to keep the right balance so you can fill your plate with everything that you really need.

You alone can manage your own plate and have the power to make the best choices when it comes to your career and personal life. Never blame anyone else for the decisions you make or for the consequences of such decisions. Your success is in direct proportion to the actions you take no matter how big or small they are.

If you are currently struggling to balance work and family life, look into your plate. It must be filled with so many work responsibilities that you practically need to compromise family time.

Remember, the life buffet does not have a second round. Be conscious with your priorities, be they at home or the office. Ensure that you fill your plate with important choices so you can improve your relationships with and contributions to your company, family and even the society.

In other words, learn to manage the important things in your life; ignore those that do not matter at all.

Handy Hints:

• Always strive to keep the right balance in all aspects of your life

• Don't force yourself to do everything, including non-essentials

• Identify what works best for you and constantly improve on it

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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company