We sure throw the word around a lot.
“I’m trying to find a balance between work and rest.”
“Eat a balanced diet.”
“You should strive for balance in all areas of life.”
“If you work too hard, or rest too much, life won’t be in balance.”
Don’t those phrases sound nice? They seem like good things to say. They’re vaguely comforting because they imply that if we can eventually strike that perfect balance, we’ll get to do all the things we love but avoid feeling overwhelmed, tired, over or under stimulated, isolated or drained.
But life doesn’t work like that, especially as we reach adulthood. I think little children are able to strike a balance very well. They move and play when they have lots of energy, but when they’re worn out, they rest. They eat when they feel hungry. They snuggle when they need personal touch and affection.
But some seasons just aren’t balanced; they’re insane. Maybe the key is perspective, giving yourself time to move through busy periods and then take the rest you need, or I guess eventually our bodies say enough and we get sick or depressed or emotionally shaky.
The last two weeks have been productive, but in a strained way, and I’ve felt my body saying “enough.” Routines and lists and filled Google calendars help with organization and goal setting, but they can be misused and overused. They can be too rigid, too filled. Even though the solution is simple, i.e. stop committing to every activity that comes my way, actually carrying it out is tough. Partially, it’s an ego thing. I want to do everything and look like I can still strike a graceful balance.
Anywho, I’m still trying to sort through my thoughts, so thanks for sticking with me through the rambles. I hope this didn’t sound too “boo-hoo,” poor me. I know this is something we all struggle with.
Happy Wednesday, friends. Enjoy this sunshiny spring weather.
So tell me…
Is finding balance as elusive for you as it is for me?
What did you eat today?