#Essential Living

Create Balance [series]

March 12, 2018

Creating Balance is the third in a series to live by design.  Here are the first two if you missed them:

Many times people will say, "I just don't have enough time!"  "My life is really out of control."  "I've got to get my act together!"  "I need to find some balance."  Maybe it was you I heard just yesterday.

What words or feelings are present when you feel unbalanced, "out of round"?  Tired, stressed, busy, frustrated, worried, unsupported, unproductive . . . ? 

Do you believe this?

How do you feel when there is balance in your life?  Peaceful, relaxed, focused, productive, intentional, lively, and happy?  I know I love feeling sane and with-it.  If there is such a stark difference between the two ways of living, where is the challenge in achieving balance?  Is it because we still believe we can have it all, do-all, and be-all to everyone.  How many pieces of ourselves can we give away and still remain whole?

Something's gotta give.

I recently gave this challenge to a group of women:

What would it be for you?  There were many great answers.  Perhaps the best one I liked to show a life of balance was this:  Everyday I will do 3 things:  something for someone, something for the house, and something for me.  Imagine what she would accomplish daily and the joy and satisfaction received from her efforts?

Julie Beck offers wise counsel to create a meaningful life of balance and essential living - for men as well - in an article, Mothers Who Know.

They will:
  • permit less of what will not bear good fruit eternally
  • less media in their homes
  • less distraction
  • less activity that draws away from the home
  • more time with family
  • willing to live on less
  • consume less of worldly goods
  • more working, reading, eating together
  • more talking, laughing, singing, and exemplifying
  • choose carefully and DO NOT TRY TO CHOOSE IT ALL
  • be a power of influence
Interestingly, placing boundaries in our lives increases options.  Paring down distractions increases focus.  Choosing less creates more of the essentials that truly matter.  Will you carve out some time to consider what you can add or delete for greater balance?  We would love to hear about your experiences.

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Time is all you have and the idea isn't to save it but to savor it. 

- Ellen Goodman

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