On 6 September 1996 the then chief executive officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Brian Dyson, delivered the commencement address at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dyson challenged the students: “Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them—work, family, health, friends and spirit … and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
“You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls—family, health, friends and spirit—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”
Most of us tend to focus on the ‘work ball’ at the expense of the other, more fragile balls, particularly the ‘spirit ball’. Jesus highlighted the foolishness of this ‘juggling style’ when he said to his disciples: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matt 16:26)
- This article was published in the Orange City Life newspaper in December 2010