Knowing yourself means knowing your limits. These limits need to be set in balance. When you have balance then everything is working. Knowing yourself means understanding what levels are necessary in your own life to obtain the balance necessary to be successful. Sometimes the levels have to shift, which means all levels and limits are not the same. But in order to have balance each area needs to be weighed properly.
So how to I rate my priorities, my diet, my employment, my hobbies, my family, my friends, my interests, my down time, my me time, and how I spend my time? Do my priorities show that I am finding the right level of balance to keep myself spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically in check to find that I am in balance?
I need to find balance for me. I need to know myself enough to know what my limitations are, how to weigh the events and experiences in my life to balance the other areas.
I am an extemist. This means that I work well under stress, but when I am focused on one element, I do not have balance because another area suffers. I do focus on my priorities and get the job done, however, I need to learn how to focus on multiple areas at the same time and not lose balance.
At work, my co-workers and peers are amazed at what I juggle and handle, and do not drop the ball. I am good at managing multiple things at the same time. Because I do this, others that I work with have greater balance. However, I don't take downtme as much as I need to, and this causes me to be overstressed.
At home, I have focused on my family, and this has made it so I am not always focused on me and my health...but I am learning. I am an emotional eater, and when I am "grounded" such as now, because I have hurt my back.....my eating goes out of control. Why? because I am bored? No - that isn't it....but my lack of doing and my lack of action creates a mellowness that is searching to find some fulfillment....so what does that mean? I have no idea. But it is something I am beginning to acknowledge....this obviously has something to do with the opposite end of the spectrim regarding my personality.
One thing I have learned is every personality trait has a positive and a negative impact, and that is ok...it is just another side effect to the personality trait.
Such as someone who is passionate about something - also can have an obsessive trait to them as well.
Someone who is an extemist does not do well with down time or doing nothing.
Someone who is emotional may not think rationally
Someone who is literal may not have the personality to go with the flow as much.
I am all of these LOL...
So here is to my journey to continue to find myself and my balance....maybe I will find this in the New Year!!!! That would be nice...if only it were that easy