I had an epiphany today. Okay, not really an epiphany since that implies a sudden realization. This is something that has been bubbling up over the last few years. It is the key to life and like most profound realizations, it is simple.
Simple but not easy.
That's it. Balance is the key to life.
I guess the epiphany part is that this word keeps popping up recently. I have been reading a lot about horsemanship, so of course there is the balance that comes with that- physical balance for you and your horse so that you can both work to your potential. Mental balance, so that you don't ask too much too soon. Emotional balance so that when you do ask for a stretch, nobody panics.
Honestly, if you spend any time around horses you know that what you learn about interacting with them correlates directly with interacting with people.
- Ask for what you want, don't assume.
- Be present.
- Be honest, but be kind.
- Be patient.
- Praise often and lavishly.
- Be persistent, but don't nag. This is only possible if you are clear about what result you want.
|Down boy. Good boy!!|
We have a lot of stuff to balance in life. Work vs. play. Together time vs. alone time. Activity vs. rest. Sometimes we purposely let our balance lean more one way than the other. Sometimes it leans without us noticing until we feel oddly unsettled, crabby, not quite right. Then our task is to re-assess and re-balance.
Another big key is to remember: your balance is not the same as anyone else's. This can be a source of frustration, especially if your beloved one is highly social and you are
|Don't you love it? I do!|
So, as you negotiate this wonderful crazy thing we call life, remember your balance. Cesar Milan likes a balanced pack, I like a balanced life. How about you?