It seems to be a popular idea these days for people to find a balance in their lives. Many people feel unbalanced–I guess.
But I don’t think many people seeking balance understand what exactly they are balancing. Honestly, neither did I–so I looked it up!
From my readings there are basically 5 categories we can divide our lives into:
1. Love and Relationships
3. Work and Career
These 5 areas are each interdependent on the others so if one is out of whack, then very likely another area is probably out of whack as well….and so the search for balance is ongoing, and more of a juggling act.
If I look at our lives, mine and my husband’s, honestly, I’d have to say we are pretty balanced.
Here is how I break it down and some suggestions for finding your own balance.
Love and relationships. We have a great relationship with each other and with those around us. How? We are honest, respectful and loyal to those we allow in our lives.
Yes, I said “allow”. You see, you don’t have to allow people in your life that don’t treat you well–that is–with honesty, respect or loyalty. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with them all the time but you do have to respect them as individuals.
Health. Our health, both physical and mental, is, in my opinion, very good. We strive consistently to be better. We eat right, we exercise, we get enough sleep.
We don’t abuse alcohol, drugs, sugar or anything else that would harm us.
We feel good and we look good–at least we think so!
Take care of yourself–no one can do that for you!
Work and career. We work. We work a lot. And we enjoy it. Of course there are days that are difficult just like in every job, every industry and every career.
That does not mean we would ever stop working because it makes us feel good! We are contributing to the fabric of our family, our community and our nation.
Work. Work hard and work with enthusiasm–it always pays off.
Financial. This category is easy. We spend less than we earn, we save for things that are important to us. Period.
Spiritual. We believe that there is a higher power than us. We call him God. It is our belief. We feel that everything happens for a reason and are grateful for our relationships, our health, our work and the safety of those around us.
Find your spiritual side, meditate, give thanks. The positive energy will come back to you.
The balance is found between these quite easily if you think about it.
We work in organizations in which we respect people and the work we are doing.
We work to provide a better life for each other and the family.
We spend within our means.
We stay healthy so we can continue working and enjoying the benefits of our work–getting paid.
We are grateful to the higher power that gives us these opportunities.
If you are looking for balance I encourage you to look at each of these areas in your life and how they fit together for you.
The balance is attainable if you really want it. As long as you are true to yourself and take responsibility for your choices you can find the answer. The search is over–your balance is found.