“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”
- Albert Einstein
Keeping one’s balance is a dynamic skill that requires constant attention. Just as a gymnast demonstrates their agility on the balance beam by concentrating their focus and not becoming distracted so as not to fall off, so too must we train our focus on the balancing of our wants versus our needs, our demands versus our more pleasurable pursuits and our personal boundaries versus keeping close healthy relationships.
Every aspect of our lives is a practice in keeping our balance, and in order to be successful, whether it be how we raise children, handle our money, manage our health or nurture both our personal and professional lives, we must always be tending to it. Living our lives is a journey, and so therefore, is maintaining the balance. If we want to improve, change our course or help our children and society grow, movement in a certain direction will be taking place simply by the definitions of each of these words. Consequently, it is our responsibility, to be able to keep the rope taut, not too loose, but not so tight that minor mistakes can’t be corrected.
While this may seem like a difficult task, all of us are trying to balance at this very moment. Some of us are having more success at it than others, but such a gift is something that is honed with practice. Being able to balance effectively comes from practice, a conscious daily effort and an ability to recognize what’s most important.
What is most important, you might ask. For everyone, this answer will be very different, but in general terms, it all comes down to the simple statement shared in Tuesday’s with Morrie, uttered by Morrie Schwartz himself, “Love wins. Love always wins.” And so if you keep that in the back of your mind at all times when making decisions and handling difficult schedules, you’ll make the right choice. Just trust yourself.
Here are some of the most valuable benefits of striking an effective balance in your life:
Helps to Clarify Priorities
More Enjoyable Work
Helps to Fine Tune Self-Discipline Muscles
Keeps You on Your Toes