Bring back the balance

These thoughts are as relevant today as they were when I first posted them in 2007.

Striving for a balance in our lives is often a challenge. Our responsibilities eat up our time. Our commitments gobble us up and spit us out, leaving us mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. Nevertheless, we drag ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get on with the tasks that still have to be done.

Our fear of being considered selfish is a strong and paralyzing fear that keeps us stuck right where we are, over-worked and over-committed. That condition usually leaves us living under-nourished, unfulfilled, uncreative, and unbalanced lives.

Some quiet time to think, exercise, write in our journals or lose ourselves in a hobby is often a challenge but we should try to squeeze out some time to engage in these exercises. They help us to look at our existing lifestyle and figure out how we can simplify it, so that our daily lives are more manageable and more meaningful.

One small, consistent, doable step can lead to major changes in our lives and thus create a sense of balance. We could eliminate one commitment, one activity from our to-do list and commit to using the time we gain in a way that will nurture us, fuel our dreams, strengthen our faith, and improve our relationships.

All it really takes is one less activity, one less commitment, to bring back some balance and effect significant improvement in the quality of our lives.

2 thoughts on “Bring back the balance

  1. I affirm what you write here, Cheryl. I call them “Baby Steps.” Small decisions, small steps, do create progress. Just a slight turn of our attention and energy can bring us back to balance. I am often quite amazed how the simplest of things can restore balance. We don't need a major overhaul – we may just need a tweak! Great reminder, thank you!


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