A Balancing Act

What does it mean to have a balanced life? Does it mean idyllic, violin music floating over a lake as you quietly row into the sunset? If it does, then most of us will NEVER experience it! Why not grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat about real life balance for just a minute …

I used to think of a balanced life as a goal. It was something to aspire to and a goal to achieve. As I have purposely tried to live this “balanced life” for the past 2 years, though, I have come to realize that balance is much more something that I need to do than something that I try to achieve. For me, balance is more often a verb than a noun. Let me explain.

As I was mowing the grass last weekend, I was thinking about the fact that the grass is never in a state of perfection. By the time I am half way done, the first half has already started to grow again; the blades of grass will never be in perfect alignment. They are always in a state of growth and the yard, therefore, is always on a continuum of needing to be mowed again. The same is true of life alignment. As soon as I sense that I am out of alignment in one area, I move to balance it out. But, the state of complete balance is so fragile that it can’t last more than a second and I start gradually moving out of alignment in the other direction.

I work very hard to be intentional; but that can take the joy of out living. So, I ease up and try to enjoy life more. I take a vacation to relax and then get home to a long list of things that haven’t gotten done while on vacation. That’s the ebb and flow of learning how to adjust and balance life that I am talking about. We fix one area only to realize that another area is now needing our attention.

Maybe the key is realizing that balance is not the end goal, it is truly the journey. Click To Tweet

What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts on what it means to live a balanced life. Please share with me in the comments below or on my Facebook page!

  • I think it means to take a little bit of time to do things that one enjoys, even if just for a few minutes. I don’t think it’s the length of time doing things one enjoys that matters as much as it is embracing each moment that you’re enjoying or finding the good in the things we don’t think we enjoy. (I may not like mowing, but I like the exercise, for example.)

    1. Hi Tanya! It is so good to hear from you. You are right; if we take a little time each day to stay balanced it is much easier than waiting until things get way out of control. I like the term “embracing each moment.” We can choose to find the good in all activities. I hope you are doing well!

  • Life balancing act is a journey for sure I loved your description of mowing the yard. I also think of it in terms of keeping up with the housework and chores. As soon as us moms are done with one room another room get’s undone. I shared this on my mommies quiet page because I know my readers will love your writing as much as I do.

    1. Thanks for sharing my post! I am so glad that you are learning and growing. I agree that a mom’s work is never done 🙂

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