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It's all about balance. Friday September 5, 2014

It's all about balance. This is a phrase I hear myself saying often. Very often. But if I've learnt nothing else in my 33 years, I have learnt that life is a juggling act of which balance is key.

We don't like change, but we don't want to be stuck in a rut. We need to get out and meet people, socialise, but we also need to find time for our own thoughts, to meditate. We need a healthy diet but we all need a least a little treat every now and again! We definitely need good quality sleep but we like to get the most out of each day.

So how do we get the right balance? How do we look after ourselves and those we care for, without someone or something slipping through the cracks? And how do we make sure that the needs of our physical and mental health are both met?

Short answer, I don't know. I am still trying (desperately) to figure it out. I suspect most people are. But I suppose we have to keep trying to balance the scales, put a little on the "want" side and take a little off the "need" side. And vice versa of course.

And we need to accept that some days the scales will tilt more one way than the other. Sometimes in a good way but perhaps too often in a bad way. We won't always get those scales level. We just have to keep trying to get that equilibrium, to get on that even keel. Because after all, life is all about balance.

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Di Murphey Fri, Sep 5th 2014 @ 1:06am

Dearest Amy,
So, balance. It is a well-worn concept in the United States. It is worthy. Your perspective is authentic, wise, and cause for study. I really like your final paragraph. It reminds me of something I read about the Space Shuttle and that it is only "on-track 2 percent of the time". The rest of the time is spent getting back on-track. We humans can learn from this and additionally not feel too shabby about our efforts to getting back on-track.
Warmest regards,
Di Murphey

RiffRaff Fri, Sep 5th 2014 @ 6:15am

I could've written this exact post- wS saying this to some friends the other evening. The two things for me are balance and connectedness. And trying ( as best I can) to maintain a healthy balance of both.

Thank you so much.

Have a great day.

Happy weekend y'all !

Diana Fri, Sep 5th 2014 @ 7:40am

We don't like "change " however, " a change is as good as a rest " ?

Anonymous Fri, Sep 5th 2014 @ 3:37pm

So true about balance...and so difficult to achieve..especially those suffering an illness like bi-polar---with the ups and the downs...but, you pushing through and forward...because back is not the answer...thanks for sharing...Dave

Lex McKee Fri, Sep 5th 2014 @ 8:18pm

I loved Amy's blog and your comment, Di. If something as controlled and inhuman as the Space Shuttle is off-track 98% of the time... that kind of encourages me to be kind to myself. I supose the key then becomes what we used to measure whether or not we are on track?

Anonymous Mon, Sep 8th 2014 @ 4:01pm

I love the objectivity...and the personal adaption.
I believe it's trap to cling to the objective of "balance" since it seems to be a thing of the moment. Instead please consider the zen "No clinging, no seeking" as a guideline. The more I focus on this concept the more I discover about myself.


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