Reconciling the competing needs of life is part of the art of life.
It is an art to balance and address the many competing claims on our time, such that we remain effective in the world while attending to our and others’ needs. This skill is not learned in a day, but instead over the entire course of our lives. Any success we may have in exercising such skill is a cause for celebration. However imperfect we may occasionally seem to be at reconciling the competing needs in our lives, we can take satisfaction in knowing that only our species is able, or willing, to take on such a challenge at such a sophisticated level.