Many of us have tremendous demands on our time and often find it difficult to have enough hours in the day to balance our family/work/leisure activities, myself included. That’s why I want to share this refreshing story about a Scout leader who combines her love for horses and children with her commitment to Scouting and many other volunteer causes – and offers great advice on how to successfully handle these many interests.
Jenny Andersen of Blue Hill, Nebraska has always loved horses, and got involved in Scouting when her oldest son joined Cub Scouts in the second grade. So it was a natural step for Jenny to bring her love for horses into Scouting by showing Scouts how to work with horses and offer her farm as a frequent training ground to introduce boys to various horsemanship skills.
That’s only the beginning of her many commitments to serving others. Jenny is an adviser for a Venturing Crew, serves as a district commissioner in the Overlands Trail Council, is involved with more than a dozen horse organizations leading activities committees, and helps develop youth leaders at her church.
Jenny offered these tips during an interview carried by the Associated Press on how to balance so many activities:
“There is a fine line between being involved and having too many irons in the fire,” she said. “Making sure that you are not doing so much that you don’t do anything well is also a danger. Making sure that you recruit help, have the ability to delegate and ask for support is important.”
What terrific advice!
A sign of a good leader is having the ability to balance important issues of the day, make the best use your talents, and delegate to make sure your goals are achieved in a timely and responsible way. I think Jenny’s story can inspire all of us to take a hard look at what’s important as we fill our daily agendas.
What secrets do you have to balance the many activities you engage in on a regular basis? Share your experiences here to give us all new ideas on how to keep our busy lives manageable!