When you think of balance, what do you think of? Does your mind take you to balanced perched rocks? Perhaps then a spiritual aura balance of chakra energy? Enough time in the day to do all the things you are expected to do? For most of us, we will identify with one of these concepts of balance. There are of course many others but for this, let’s focus on the most common that we feel. Personally, I experience all of these and many others! When you ask many people, what it is they seek in their life improvement, they will tell you that they would like a better balance on x, y, z. Let’s examine what balance is defined as. In the most basic definition, for this post, balance can be defined as a state in which different things occur in equal or proper amounts or importance in one’s life. Our equilibrium is at optimum and we are in a perfect state of homeostasis. This is the dream many of us have had over our years on this beautiful spinning home, we call Earth. As I continue to walk my path and evolve as a person, I begin to truly see things differently. I see things not only more precisely as well as more softly. What is this nonsense I have written?
OK, let me break it down a little bit from my perspective. The goals in my life have always revolved some sort of balance in my life. I want a better work, life balance. I want a better work, life, spirit balance. I want a better balance of ALL THE THINGS! Now, I just look at all of that and roll my eyes. Balance, by it’s very nature is precarious. If you pull just the right rock from that pile in the picture above, the entire structure will collapse and the balance, undone. If you have a precise amount of time planned in your day for travel time to and from work. Let’s say, you do not allow any “wiggle room”. You must leave and arrive at the appointed time only. You are driving to work and someone gets in an accident and now you are sitting in traffic and going to be late. You cannot apply one analogy to the other, they are completely different concepts of balance but can tie together if it is time that you seek to bring your balance of life, work, spirit.
Do you see where this is going? If one little thing shifts, the structure *can* fall. Your homeostasis is false in that you think you are balanced but what you are doing is avoiding new experiences and possibilities in rigidity and therefore your homeostasis will disappear and you will again struggle to regain that position. A grain of sand can shift the wind, the wind cannot shift the cliffside so easily. I do not know but in my head, this makes sense. I am leaving out things from my life, I am not experiencing things in order to work ever harder on this balance that is always out of reach. It is the goal of many of us, to rise to challenges and to do better than we did the day before. In this we are always seeking that balance because it’s never quite right and we can do better.
Is this process a futile practice? Definitely, not. I know I just said that it’s not attainable and as a result, would it not be understood that to waste energy in such endeavors would be ridiculous. Except, that’s not what I really said. That last part, we all read that. I read it and sometimes I type it and believe it. In working to achieve these balances, to better ourselves, we are in essence finding a balance of possibilities and experiencing new things. I still do not believe balance is possible, if we were perfectly balanced we would cease to truly learn and grow as we would not seek out new experiences. Why seek out these things when we have attained balance? Interesting and random thoughts rolling around in my head at 11pm at night when I should be in bed, with getting up for work early tomorrow.