Oh for the love of balance. I am the first one to admit that I have endured the most incredible ‘love/hate’ relationship with even the notion of balance, forget actually living the concept out. Just within the past year alone I have countless stories of trying to find some sort of middle ground on a variety of topics. From work life to personal, from friendships to kitchen cupboards the places where ‘balance’ could come into play (at least in my life) is infinite.
Wondering what you think about balance. I will share the thought I cast out most often when the subject arises. I don’t believe there really is any such thing, at least not for any period of time. I believe like doing a tree pose in yoga, you will have good days at holding it and not so good days, your one side might perform better for you than the other, you will wobble and sometimes you will literally topple over but yet for a moment, maybe even a millisecond, you were balanced.
To take it a step further when a category is relatively new to you, achieving or even having the expectation of balance in it seems daunting to me, as a learning curve will always come into play. In other words, cut yourself some slack if personal life changes have turned what you knew on its head and you are now trying to find some peace in between ‘all or nothing at all.’ And for goodness sake, develop a profound grace of space if that new promotion has you feeling utterly overwhelmed. We all need time to feel somewhat grounded again.
Know that I share this not from a view of knowing and having done it all so here I sit like a scholarly sage doling out advice. I am, what seems to be definite in my life, a never ending work in progress. A gal who thinks just when she’s hit the peak of a mountain, she’s found herself on yet another ledge.
And speaking of trees. This piece reminds me that the good, the perceived bad, the ups, the downs, all of it contribute to the greater good and in the end, the stronger me. The stronger you. I hope both of us can remember that. ♥
“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.” – Osho