Bryan Dyson, the ex-CEO of Coca-Cola, delivered a commencement speech at Georgia Tech a while ago. That speech resonates with a lot of people. He said, "Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling 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."

Interacting with people, I see that the balls that people are constantly juggling are “Work, family, friends, and health,” and in that order of priority. The fifth ball, which Bryan calls 'spirit' and I call 'God' is one that never leaves our hands because we are all struggling to juggle with the four that are already in the air. We are not very good jugglers and are constantly dropping one of the four balls. This causes us a lot of heartache and disappointment.

Here is my humble advice. If you are dropping a lot of balls, then don’t juggle. Instead, make devotion a priority. Just like a ship lost at sea can get on course after seeing a light house, so can we all benefit from the inner peace we receive when we spend time in meditation.

I extend you an invitation to join me and other like-minded individuals at Yugal Kunj in Atlanta during the Winter Family Retreat. Bring in the New Year by learning how devotion to God can help bring balance and equilibrium in all aspects of your life.

This is my end-of-the-year gift to all of you.


Didi Ji