noun. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady; a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.
verb. put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall; offset or compare the value of (one thing) with another.
Synonyms. parity… equity… equilibrium… evenness… symmetry… equipoise… correspondence… uniformity… equality… equivalence… similarity… levelness… parallelism… comparability.
I am a juggler, a mult-tasker. I can shoe-horn time into a packed schedule, I can add one more thing to my to do list, I can dig deeper and find a little bit more energy. But then I hit the wall, I crash and burn. My house of cards comes toppling down.
Lockdown has taught me many things, but finding balance has been one of them:
Balance between what we can control, what we cannot control.
Balance between what is certain, and what is uncertain.
Balance between what is stable, and what is unstable.
Balance between what we want and what we need.
Balance between what serves us and what serves others.
“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other 4 balls: family, health, friends, integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered”.
Balance is something we do. Balance is something we seek. Balance is something we feel. Balance is something we strive to be.
We juggle our lives each day – we balance our commitments, we balance our time, we balance our energy.
“Balance is not something you find, it is something you create”.
To be balanced:
We strive to lead lives that are peaceful and harmonious – we balance ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”.
We sometimes let the balance go in favour of another thing – we stay up late, we eat too much, we work too hard, we party too hard.
“Live a life that is well-balanced; don’t do things in excess”.
We consciously address the imbalance/ in-balance – we supplement the deficit, we reallocate the weights.
“Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, to kick back and to do nothing”. Lori Deschene
We restore – we adjust, we review what is in abundance and what is in deficit.
“There is no such thing as work-life balance – it is all life.
The balance has to be within you”.
Balance is something we need to constantly work out. We need to reflect. We need to review. We need to refine. We need to readjust.