December 13, 2007

Book Review - Life Matters

Life Matters: Creating a Dynamic Balance of Work, Family, Time & Money
A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill
BJ 1581.2 .M47 2003

Merrill and Merrill assert that work, family, time, money and even wisdom all matter. The goal, they argue, is to teach people the ability to find an appropriate balance between them. Life is difficult, they concede, and is full of new challenges, difficulties, obstacles, and opportunities which pop up on a regular basis. Therefore, achieving a balanced life is not a one-time, process, but rather a daily effort. They take a realistic approach, helping readers to asses their feelings and commitments to each of these areas. They also stress that it is impossible to do everything or to go through life on fast forward continuously. Learning to balance factors in life dynamically, they argue, is to find satisfaction with all of parts that compete for attention in life.