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A Balancing Act

Saturday, January 05, 2013

In 2001, I bought a little book titled "Meditations for Living in Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much" by Anne Wilson Schaef. (c 2001, published by HarperCollins.) At that time I was a library director of a very busy small-town library. I'm retired now, and I still find that I am driven to try to do too much in one day.

Here are some excerpts from the January 1 entry in that book:

"Some of us have bought into the illusion that we can work hard to get our lives organized and "balanced" and they will stay that way forever. Not so!

"Sameness is not balance."

"Balance will never be attained once and for all. That's just the way life is... We can either accept it or keep trying to live in illusion."

"The most balancing thing we can do for ourselves is accept the joy of feeling balanced when we do, recognizing that the balancing and rebalancing of ourselves is an ongoing process that offers us a minute-by-minute opportunity."

I do think my life is somewhat "lopsided" right now, and I am trying to achieve more balance in my day-to-day living. I know I'll always keep trying to get the most out of those "minute-by-minute opportunities."

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CBLANK20091 1/6/2013 8:34AM

  My life was so out of control this past year with family issues, and it really took a toll on my health. I was telling a friend right before Christmas that I feel like I aged 10 years. On New Years Eve I declared this the year of good enough. I'm going to try to do my best without exhausting myself physically and emotionally and keep reminding myself that it is good enough.

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MCJULIEO 1/6/2013 12:59AM

    Sometimes lopsides is inescapable, but it can be changed.... we can do this!

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