Today’s positive thought: What does a Well-Balanced Life Look Like? Balance is something that is often mentioned in personal development and well-being circles. Finding balance is one of life's great goals, but it can be as elusive as it is desirable. It is said you should eat a balanced diet, live a balanced life and seek a good work/family balance. But what is balance? What does it mean to live a balanced life and why does balance seem like such an elusive concept?
Life really is one thing after another. The physical environment we each live in is constantly moving and changing. Balance is the taking of appropriate action when circumstances dictate so as to maintain equilibrium. In the present moment, when things come up, you should do your best to respond accordingly. One thing that we must do and that is to take time for God! We must also pray over our schedules and let the Holy Spirit guide us!
When it comes to a concept or principle such as balance it is important to understand that between different people and even from moment to moment balance is always going to be different. For example, what constitutes a balanced meal for one person may be completely different for another. Both people’s meals may be very healthy in their own right, but it is the context of the individual that makes them so. There is no one size fits all. We must be disciplined and have accountability in our lives.
When you're balanced, you can feel it. You get the sense that your life is moving along steadily. You take things in stride. You feel healthy and vibrant, challenged by your life, but relaxed enough to enjoy it; protected by the familiar, but excited by the possibilities ahead. So why does achieving it -- and maintaining it -- seem so difficult to do for so many of us?
Study balance a little closer, and you realize that what many of us perceive to be the ideal balance is in fact not balance at all. Like riding a bike, living a balanced life comes easier to you as you gain momentum. You may think that a balanced person takes everything in stride, never gets upset or irritable, rarely gets depressed or overwhelmed. But that's simply not true. Balance is not about remaining placid and peaceful. In fact, by avoiding negative emotions such as anger, grief, or sadness, you are causing an unhealthy imbalance. So, go ahead... have a good cry.
At the circus, all eyes are on the tightrope walker. Why? Because where there's balance, there's also tension and risk. The tightrope walker's talent and skill reside not in their ability to defy gravity, but in making the hundreds of subtle, incremental readjustments to account for imbalance. In the same way, our ability to achieve balance is in learning to reestablish it when forces put it to the test. When you need to say NO, say NO! You cannot say yes to everything.
Stability alone is not balance. The more we cling to things (circumstances, people, and possessions) to hold us in balance, the less we rely on the Holy Spirit and flexibility to adapt. Because balance is not a fixed point, but always moving forward, we need to move forward, too. This can mean embracing change and allowing ourselves to evolve. Balance comes when we adapt to change, rather than try to resist it. But you can start small: Encourage and practice smaller-scale changes in your life so that you're better prepared to handle the bigger ones.
Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”.
Consider this scripture in the context of what Jesus says in verse 33. Our hearts are in the things to which we devote ourselves, the things we spend our time pursuing. He is helping us prioritize by stating and illustrating principles that will help us make right choices in managing time.
Over comer, we have guidance in getting a healthy and balanced life and that is the “Word of God” which should always be our foundation for whatever we are trying to achieve!
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!