I watched a promotional video yesterday from a very popular motivational speaker.
One line caught me off guard,
“There is no such thing as life balance. The pursuit of life balance is actually causing us more stress than the craving for balance itself”.
It bothered me all day long.
You see, I like to have life balance. And I like to pursue it.
AND I BELIEVE THAT IT DOES EXIST.
Its not some rainbow chasing pursuit.
I have a dream to live in harmony, beautifully blending my roles as wife, mother, friend, teacher, business women etc.
And guess what? Sometimes it actually happens!
This is what I have come to know:
- It’s the pursuit of life balance that governs a lot of my choices. If I didn’t believe it existed, I’d accept chaos and put work first more than I should.
- It’s the pursuit of life balance that compels me to pause and notice the world around me.
- It’s the pursuit of life balance that makes me appreciate the moments balance actually occurs.
The myth, I believe is the thought that balance is an arrival state. That once you have achieved the state of balance it will be constant. Not so. Its something that requires constant sacrifice and good choices. You have to fight to stay there, and most of us spend a good deal of time trying to make it there.
In many ways, I believe life balance can be more a state of mind than actual physical proof of living in perfect order. You can be in balance and still have the world spinning around you.
The main source of feeling balance in my life comes from my scheduled time of solitude.
Every morning. No exception. It requires me to get up earlier than everyone else, but the price I pay if I miss it isn’t worth the extra sleep.
I journal in 3 separate journals, read, pray, and plan… Sometimes it feels routine. Other times I make major discoveries. But every time it grounds me for the day and nourishes my heart to be able to give to those in my path.
Sarah Ban Breathnach is right. Solitude in any form is necessary for our emotional survival.
Are you getting yours?
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As a photographer, she’s been published in Where Women Create and Where Women Cook magazines, featured on the Huffington Post, The $100 Startup, and is a regular contributor to her local NBC lifestyle show Studio 5. A sought after instructor and speaker, when she’s not putting the magic into her next presentation, you can find her drooling over organic recipes, hiking with a mountain buggy carrying precious cargo, and hanging out in her Farm House with her fabulous little clan in Northern Utah.
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