In the book, "The Three Marriages", David Whyte, poet-author explains how we exhaust ourselves trying to separate and balance three core relationships in our life. The three marriages are to:
Instead of thinking about our life in terms of work-life balance, he asks us to knit these relationships together and to see how the core commitments to each are connected and integrated.
He is a poet first and his book isn't written as a self-help "how-to" one. It takes a few reads I think. His underlying thesis is helpful in framing many of the challenges we face in our three marriages.
It is safe to say we enter into the first marriage with a lot of preconceived ideas of how it will work and how good it will be. As our mutual imperfections bubble and rise to the surface we discover how difficult it is.
As I begin to coach couples, I feel a few of David Whyte's ideas might be helpful.
We need to:
My family, relationships, movement, nature, flexibility of mind, exploration of alternative perspectives & openness are central to my life.