Lesson of the Five Balls

“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 – family, health, friends, and integrity – are made of glass.
If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.
And once you truly understand the lesson of the five balls,
you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.”

—James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

I just finished reading this book, a very lovely one. It spoke of life and how we must learn to appreciate it and value every day of our lives. It speaks of listening, of understanding, healing, forgiveness, and taking time to allow ourselves to enjoy the people we love. And to always tell them how much you love them, no matter what the odds are.


Anonymous said…
i've been familiar with this passage but reading it over and over again reminds me of the most valuable things in our lives.
this is so true.
thanks for sharing, sheng.
Kayni said…
i love this, and nicely said. thanks.
kg said…
nice, nice!

but i've always regarded work as being below family, health, and friends! :)
Anonymous said…
off topic : thank you for taking time joining in the little fun in my blog. i must say your words are a strong contender for the prize! hehe. maraming salamat, sheng! enjoy your day! =)
princess_dyanie said…
parang i read na. anyway, yay, you're done with the patterson book! yehey!
Ibyang said…
thanks for sharing. those are great reminders for all of us :)
eks said…
drop the rubber ball and indeed it will bounce back. teka, kelangan bang i-juggle ang mga bola? hehehee.
the donG said…
carpe diem! value what we have now or else will end up being the saddest person on earth.
witsandnuts said…
I received something like this in my email and SMS years ago. Until now, I remember it because these are good words to live by.

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