Balance....finding equilibrium.....finding a balance between to opposing forces....finding if your check book has equality of totals on the debit and credit side of your account!
Such a definition is great in the pragmatic and practical sense! And yet, it doesn't come close to what my heart says balance is! Finding my balance.......hmmm.... how does one do that?
The messiness of life brings about decisions all the day long as to whether you spend your time doing this task or that task - laundry or vacumming? Gardening or cleaning? Swinging on the porch swing or spending time creating a menu? What sorts out the messiness in your life? What brings you balance? An equality of work versus play? Time spent at work or time spent with loved ones? Time is so precious and yet, we constantly have to balance how we use the time that God has given us. All of us have the same 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That is 168 hours! How will you use yours this week?
I must ask the question: Do you have balance in your life? Would you say you have equilibrium in the areas you want to have equilibrium? How do you find balance if you are OUT of balance? What do you do to bring balance into your corner of the world - or does it matter to you?
I had a wonderful friend once named, Sherry, who seemed to be the most balanced person I knew! Sherry was a nurse, a counselor, a daughter, a sister, a full-time employee, an inspirational speaker and a dear friend. She seemed to find time for just the right thing at just the right moment all the time! She had a sense of what was important to focus on each minute and did not get flustered or "stressed out" by so many of the things that I let myself stew over....why is that? How can one person know exactly where they want to be and another not have a clue? I think it all has to do with where your center is....where your focus is....where your priorities are....and years of practice!!!
As I have contemplated her approach to life over the years and listened to her sage advice, I have found that if I sit down and ask myself - what IS important? And, if I take the time to really think about what is important that helps me prioritize those important tasks, duties and activities that I am responsible for each day. Also, knowing how much the people in my life mean to me, I make an intentional effort to spend time with those I love. I schedule that day for coffee or lunch, I send that note to a friend in another city, I take the time to send a birthday card, email, text or eCard so that they know I am thinking about them! Or, better yet, I call them and hear their voice which is the icing on the cake!
As I move through the day, at work or while doing something fun, I allow myself the luxury of expressing my gratitude for each person and task in my life. Yes, even the dishes! Over the years, my balance has grown more clear and intentional. I find I do take the time to do what is necessary and I take the time to play! I find the time to have fun, to enjoy planting those purple pansies of Spring, and to look at the colors of the sunset or the full moon!
Finally, my faith is what gives me my balance, my center, and my life! God provides what I need each moment of the day, if only I will listen to His sage advice!!! Faith can move mountains.....faith can offer you the balance from a world torn with many difficulties, anxieties and urgent requests of our time....faith can give you the luxury of knowing that the Creator of the Universe wants us to find balance, to find time to experience His Peace, to give Him the glory for this gift called life, and to spread His love....can you allow yourself that luxury today???