Balance Is Not Always in the Center
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
As an SP Community Team member, I get occasional blog prompts, suggesting a topic to write about. This week, the suggestion was moderation. In what aspects of my life do I have it or lack it?
Something I heard at the "I Can Do It" conference that was held in San Diego in conjunction with the Spark Your Life conference was this: Balance is not always in the center. I can't remember who said it or in what context, but this phrase has really stuck with me! I like it so much.
Almost everyone I know has got too much going on in their lives to have everything in balance at all times. If you have a strong interest or passion that makes you happy, let's hope it takes a big, maybe even disproportionate, chunk of your time and energy!
I'm spending more of my time these days doing the things I truly love. After years of wanting to regularly do artwork, I am finally doing it! Also my "sideline" eBay business, which I enjoy immensely, has become more of a money-maker than my actual part-time job. I am making concrete plans to eventually quit my job in order to put all of my time and energy into things that I love.
It's funny, but when I'm taking the time to do the stuff I really enjoy (which also includes gardening, travel, reading, and many other interests), I rarely overeat. I can't say that I'm moderate in my activities these days--I am really going for the gusto and doing more of what I love all the time--but that seems to help make my eating more moderate. It really confirms for me that I'm an emotional eater. I eat less when I'm enjoying life.
I've never had any real "control" over my eating. When I specifically try to be moderate in my eating, it's too hard! So now I've taken the emphasis off of the food, the eating, the so-called "diet," and I'm putting the emphasis on living a life of joy and fulfillment.
So, in my way of seeing things, moderation be damned! Full speed ahead, doing the things that make my life a great one!