Tips for finding BALANCE in your life
The whole of the year is actually as strong as each day. For me, the whole year is at stake with each thought, each action, each day. I feel responsible to remind us all of the kind of mental attitude critical for the experiences we must have this year. The show today is inspired by an article I read many years ago by former CEO of Coca-Cola, Brian G. Dyson. Now, Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some say…five balls in the air. You name the balls as – Work – Family –Health – Friends – Spirit, and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. Too much of one thing robs you of time to experience all that life has to offer.
The pole keeping you steady is the belief that you deserve a full and abundant life. Include kindness, spontaneity, relaxation, laughter, gratitude, exercise and more in every day. Let me ask you some questions. What do you think matters most in life? If you had just a few days to live, how would you spend them? If you had one phone call you could make before your life ended, who would you call and what would you say? If you had two minutes to gather what would fit in a small carry-on bag before fleeing your burning home, what would you pack? During moments of crisis, or even just imagining a crisis, you often come to a crystal clear realization that you wouldn’t miss your finest possessions, or your hardest won financial security for a second if faced with death. You can afford to lose your most priced material possession at that moment. You realize that what really matters are the human moments of care and connection. The most amazing thing about these crisis moments is that in less than a second, you are able to realize how full your life already is. You realize that you have been taking your abundance for granted. You have been starving in the midst of plenty, drowning in the calmest ocean of love.
See, your life is full of something, and it is your duty to make sure they are things you can be proud of and things your world can be grateful for. The things that matter most to you are your family, your inner peace, your friends, your creative freedom, your health. Life is short and precious. And death is sure. So, allocate your time according to what matters most. And make sure you pause often to appreciate the incredible fullness of life that is already yours.
Most of what counts is never counted; and what most people count does not really count at all. Don’t assume things will just be alright, no! Instead, make things right. Reach out for help and don’t lose the direction from within if you dare enough to ignore the temptation to live in denial. Your truth is with you. When despair grows in you and you feel overwhelmed by the burdens of life, when confusion reigns and tragedy strikes the world, your balance is the inner quality that allows you make sense of it all, and define your role in it.
Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Balance will help you here. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Listen to mentors, plug into your maker and follow the conclusions you receive in your heart from those sources.
Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Few things are really over until the moment you stop trying. Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings. Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us together, but be open to learn and follow the voices God leads you to for direction. Learning and followership are privileges. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.