Balance is the key to just about everything. As Einstein once wrote, “For every action there is an equal, but opposite, reaction.” As human beings, we get off kilter, off center, off emotionally and off physically when we don’t have balance in every area of our life. We need our Yin-Yang in balance and operate from a centered position.
If I don’t eat a balanced diet, I will become unhealthy. Each of our bodies are different and have different responses, metabolisms, and digestive systems. It is my responsibility to understand my body, and become a good steward of it. It is my temple. It is my duty to nurture and protect it, and treat it with respect and dignity. While it is perfectly okay to treat it with delicious delights that tantalize my tongue, I must balance it with the nutrition and dietary supplement it needs. I have a slow metabolism and vitamin deficiency. It is MY responsibility to make sure I eat the right foods to give me energy and nutrition, and take the vitamins I need to keep me healthy.
If I don’t get a balanced workout when I exercise, I will either not see the results I need or see too much results in what I want or don’t want. My body is a machine and needs constant maintenance, and that is my responsibility. It’s no one else’s job to get me to workout. I love encouragement and support, and having a workout partner helps keep me on track, but it comes down to making a choice and seeing it fulfilled.
I have to balance work and play. If I work too much, that makes me a work-a-holic and neglectful of my body and soul. If I play too much, I neglect responsibility and accountability. I must balance the two. It’s important to have a job or career that gives a sense of purpose and pride and sharpens the skills within me to help me provide for my wants and needs. It’s also important to chase my dreams and passions. They are important too. Having a sense of purpose is important. Having drive and passion are important, but I must keep them in balance or they will become the harbingers of destruction or addiction. Nothing hurts worse than having no purpose.
And then there is love and friendship … and those too must remain in balance. There are extremes from neglectful to obsessive, from fantastical to practical, and from underwhelming to over-bearing. Balance is key. Love and friendship are important. Any good relationship must have reciprocal feelings – a balance of give and take. When there is unbalance, it becomes painful and destructive to both sides.
Take time and look at life and see if things are in balance. If it’s too good to be true or just underwhelming – then it’s not in balance. Seek balance in everything. When someone tells you they are afraid to feel something, afraid to do something, or afraid to commit to something – run because there is no balance and there will be no peace. They’re vampires – dead things seeking to such the life out of you until you are dead too. Many people speak balance – but where there is no love, no passion, no drive, no responsibility, no faithfulness, no diligence, or no duty … there is no balance. Try driving on unbalanced tires – that’s how an unbalanced life feels. I’m seeking balance.
Till next time,