“To light a candle is to cast a shadow.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin
A balanced life, like perfection, is unattainable.
Should you reach for the unattainable? The answer is a hardy YES! Remaining in one extreme or the other is destructive. The pursuit of balance is a healthy, moderating influence on the extremes.
Most of your life is lived out of balance.
A constant state of perturbation cycles you back and forth, crossing the point of balance only momentarily. Life is an ever-present external force of agitation. It contributes to the perturbations.
Being out of balance is not a bad thing. Stretching beyond your comfort zone is required for growth. The gathering of strength requires stress and adaptation. Failure often precedes success.
You must tip the balance to move, learn and evolve. Movement is then countered with rest and reflection. You are a wave of yin and yang with peaks and valleys like a sine curve.
There is a rhythm to life:
Highs and lows
Movement and rest
Happiness and sadness
Staying in balance is a destructive myth. A state of balance is perfect stillness, healthy in only small does. Remain still too long and madness ensues. We are creatures of motion who rust without the lubrication of repeated challenges.
Recalibrate your notion of balance. See it anew as a wave of peaks and valleys crossing back and forth across moments of stillness. It is the rhythm of your life moderating the extremes.
🤔 Food for Thought:
What does balance mean in your own life?
How do you moderate the extremes?
Can you see the rhythm of your life bouncing between peaks and valleys?
⚙️ One Small Step:
Find a bosu ball. Flip it over so the flat side is facing up. Hop on and try to stay in balance. The bosu ball is a metaphor for your life. Small perturbations prevent you from a perfect state of balance. And yet, the pursuit of balance keeps you upright.