Imbalance Causes Strain:
Balance is one of the biggest challenges in today’s society. Striving for it is a challenge worth pursuing. Imbalance comes when we spend too much time, effort, or thought on something that steals time away from other important things in our life. When we are overly focused in one direction, other areas of our lives suffer. Pressures to perform at work, our own perfectionism, demands from others can all create a lack of balance. Imbalance in our lives can cause incredible strain. It can also lead to burnout.
Is there imbalance in your life? Are you weighted too heavily in one direction or another? If so, what can you do to change it?
Start by asking a series of questions; What is it that has fallen off the back of the truck while you have been so busy pursuing other goals? What is it that you want to have back in your life? What are the things that drain you? What are the things that revive you? Is where you are headed so important that you don’t have time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life? How do you slow down enough to regain perspective on what truly is important and find the balance to maintain it?
Follow Through on Change:
Once you have asked the questions needed to see what needs to change you need to change. Asking the questions isn’t enough. You must actively shift your priorities back to what is essential; time with family, time with friends, time with your spouse or your children. Rest time is essential to recover from the burden of stressors in our day to day lives. Rest can include sleep, relaxing, time doing something that you enjoy doing such as reading, fishing, calling a good friend.
Why is this so important? Because life can slip away when we are too busy chasing dreams. Sometimes when my daughter looks at me with her large beautiful eyes and says, “Mom play with me,” I have to stop and consider what is most important at that moment. Knowing she will soon be asking for the car keys instead of asking to play, I stop and get on the floor and play with the paper dolls for a moment and savor every moment of it. Dishes may sit in the sink, work projects are calling my name, but I choose to let the world stop for a moment and savor a piece of heaven to bring the balance back. What or who is it that you need to pay more attention to? What do you need to pay less attention to in order to accomplish that.
Stop for a minute and savor a moment of life. Let the harried pace slow down and do the work to keep a balance in your life. Perspective on what is truly important to you helps to focus your time. Stop and consider what needs to change. You will be happier and more fulfilled.