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Teeter Totter

When I think of balance, my first thought is always an image of a seesaw. In particular, I think of the ones on America’s Funniest Home Video’s where one person always gets off when their unsuspecting victim is perched at the top. The result is always laughter on my part, as I watch the poor helpless soul flying against their will towards the ground.

While playground seesaws never cease to be an excellent source of entertainment for all of us, finding balance in our lives isn’t always so easy,  and it definitely isn’t so entertaining.

It’s pretty easy to establish the things in life that are important to us.  Some of them are by default (hello family!), some of them are required of us whether we like it or not, and some of them we find along the way.  There are a lot of variables that go into the equation of finding balance: our relationships, careers, our emotional, spiritual, and physical health, and our passions to name a few.  Are you starting to feel like you’re on a teeter totter yet?

We never start out our day in hopes for imbalance.  We enjoy taking on new responsibilities in the pursuit of being our best self. That is, until we can’t find the time to actually enjoy them.

We say “yes” to a friend, and then feel horrible when we can’t follow through. Teeter.

We sign our children up for the 4th sport this season, and then wonder why we don’t have a moment to breathe in peace and quiet. Totter.

Some of us are fighting an addiction to being busy. We “enjoy” constantly being breathless with tasks, obligations and saying we don’t have personal time to relax. Down-time? What’s that? I’m too busy to relax. Teeter.

Some of us are slaves to our calendar. We can’t go anywhere without it and we fear writing anything in pen (what if something changes!?).  Our calendars have ceased to be the helpful, calming tool they were created to be. Instead, they are our lives. Totter.

Suffice it to say, finding balance isn’t always so easy.

But it’s absolutely necessary if we want to be the well-rounded, holistic people we all want to be. Well known self-help author and motivational speaker, Brian Tracy states, “Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.”

In our pursuit of balance, we need to be honest with ourselves.  There are things that we know we can give up and there are things we know we can spend more time on. For whatever reason, the first thing to be sent to the bottom of the totem pole with our responsibilities is usually our personal well-being.  But like Brian Tracy says, we will require more energy to go further if we can’t take care of ourselves first.  In the words of Life Coach Tammy, “have ‘me’ time.” Sadly, we can’t balance the rest of our lives until we balance ourselves first.

We all have work to do in our lives to gain our much needed balance. What’s your first step in balancing your teeter totter?


Author: Karly Wood

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