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My Worlds are Colliding

Published April 1, 2014 5:14 PM by Toni Patt

Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to leave work in time to make a lesson. And obviously one of the reasons I work as much as I do is to support my hobby.

Next month will be the first time there's a conflict with an either/or choice. The last Saturday of the month I need to be in two places at the same time. Both are supposed to be optional.

The first option is to travel to Austin, Texas, for a legislative activity with my leadership training group. I'm a member of a leadership development program to prepare individuals to assume larger roles in the Texas Physical Therapy Association and, if desired, on the national level. I believe we're attending that session in support of some legislation that is pro-physical therapy. I would leave Friday after work and return Saturday after the session ends. Austin is a 2- to 3-hour drive from Houston, which is doable.

The other option is a horse show. Only one of my horses, the younger one, would attend. It's being held in a facility just outside of Houston and is a practice show. The purpose is to give my horse more experience in the show ring at a lower cost. It's scheduled for the same Saturday and because it's local, I would drive there, ride, and come home.

The cost for both is about the same. I had already made arrangements to be off from my weekend job. One has a greater time commitment than the other. One will probably be more fun. Only some of us in the leadership program are attending. The show will be small and doesn't count for anything. I truly don't know what to do.

What do you think? I don't have to commit to either one until mid-April. Should I develop my leadership skills or my horse?

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The horse is time-dependent - point in time workability, not repeatable, leadership can be done anytime during career.  Couple of times put career over life, regretted every one.

dean reinke, stroke - survivor, home April 2, 2014 2:33 PM
east lansing MI

The classic work-life balance question. I'm impressed this is the first time you've been in this position in your years of practice!

Both important to you, both doable, both on the same day. Listen to your gut. Whatever gets left out, there will be ample opportunity to have an impact at a later time. These are the times I rely on my instinctual feelings and find I most often make the right choice.

Dean Metz April 2, 2014 6:59 AM

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