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Walking the Tightrope

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"Orloff and Levinson guide us in how to actively take control of what we cancontrol with concrete strategies, mindfulness, and respect for ourselves."
--EDMUND C. NEUHAUS, Ph.D., HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL AND MCLEAN HOSPITAL

Life out of balance?
Stop worrying about it. Start fixing it.
Discover what you're already doing right...and how to do more of it.
Start taking small steps in the right direction...right this minute.
No more fuzzy thinking. No more blame.
No more feeling sorry for yourself.
This book's solution-focused strategies will energize you, invigorate you,help you get beyond burnout to balance and on to the life you've always wanted.

"The bewildering pace in which we live today seems contrary to a healthy rate of human development. Those in the know will come to an 'age of reconciliation' where we will create a balance between ourselves and other aspects of our lives, be it job, marriage, finances, or spirituality. Walking the Tightrope provides a stepwise guide to this change. The authors gently, through their own self disclosure, support the reader in a realistic commitment to a balance of the 'self.'"
--Dr. Phil Heller, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

"In their new book, Walking the Tightrope, Erica Orloff and Kathy Levinson are daring high wire artists who offer hope on a rope by helping us put the balance back into our three-ring circus lives. They show us how to map success and to chart life courses that are fulfilling and dynamic."
--Ronald J. Chenail, Ph.D., Assistant to the President for Academic Affairs, Nova Southeastern University

"What a large, therapeutic journey to capture life and its core . . . the authors' personal vignettes of the numerous 'insane Kodak moments' we all share has given me room to breathe anew. I am comforted knowing my journey for balance is a shared world view."
--Marcy Sirkin, Ph.D., Family Therapist

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Praise for Walking the Tightrope
  3. PREFACE
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. 1. Do You Need Balance? A Blueprint for a Strong Foundation
    1. Life As a House
    2. Wherever You Go, There You Are
    3. The Urgency Factor
    4. Getting Back in Balance
  6. 2. It's Time for a Change
    1. Spinning Wheels
      1. Here Is an Example of What We Mean
      2. Our Question to You
    2. Write Your Own Map
    3. Are You Missing from Your Life?
    4. Think Like a Kid
  7. 3. A Blueprint for Financial Balance
    1. Write Your Own Map
    2. Stop Counting Other People's Money
    3. Credit Cards Can Be Hazardous to Your Financial Health
    4. Credit Card Reports and Ratings
    5. Digging Out
    6. Too Much of a Bad Thing
    7. Taking Back Your Financial Life
    8. Balance Your Emotional Budget
  8. 4. Health and Well-Being: Finding and Keeping Balance
    1. Write Your Own Map
    2. The Grass Isn't Always Greener
    3. The 24/7 Lifestyle May Be Hazardous to Your Health
    4. Stress: Don't Fight-or-Flight It Anymore
    5. De-Stressing
    6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    7. Balance Isn't Perfection
    8. Falling Off the Wagon
  9. 5. Your Career In the Balance
    1. Looking for Pearls?
    2. Write Your Own Map
    3. Balancing Work, Family, and You
  10. 6. Balance and Emotional Baggage: What's Keeping You Down?
    1. Write Your Own Map
    2. Why Now Is Better than Later
    3. You Can't Run and You Can't Hide
    4. The F-Word: Forgiveness
    5. Ready to Move On?
    6. The Tightrope Wobbles
  11. 7. Marriage: The Test of Time
    1. Mirages of Marriage
    2. Fighting Fair
    3. Write Your Own Map
    4. How to Drive Your Partner Nuts
    5. Infidelity: The Cheating Heart
    6. The Titanic
    7. Why Do I Always Have To Be the One to Change?
    8. What a Good Marriage Looks Like
    9. Start by Breaking All the Rules
  12. 8. Balance with Children and Families: The Tightrope Gets Crowded
    1. Write Your Own Map
    2. The Big Ones
    3. Ready to Begin Finding Your Balance?
    4. Changing the Past
    5. The Wire of Parenthood
  13. 9. THE BALANCE OF FRIENDSHIP
    1. Breaking the Ice
    2. Write Your Own Map
    3. Kick Your Friendships Up a Notch
    4. How True Blue Are You?
  14. 10. BALANCING IN COMMUNITY: VOLUNTEERING AND YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD
    1. Write Your Own Map: Defining Your Passions in Volunteering
    2. Ready to Volunteer?
    3. Beware of Burnout!
  15. 11. BALANCING LIFE WITH SPIRITUALITY
    1. Write Your Own Map
    2. The Roof Might Cave In
    3. Band-Aids for Bad Days
    4. Ready to Begin Your Quest?
    5. Falling Off the Wire
  16. 12. A BALANCED LIFE: A WORK IN PROGRESS
  17. Bibliography