"Mastery of life is not a question of control, but of finding a balance between human and Being. Mother, father, husband, wife, young, old, the roles you play, the functions you fulfill, whatever you do—all that belongs to the human dimension." — Eckhart Toll
In life we will play many roles. We will have meaningful relationships with loved ones, but we will also have successful careers, and we will maintain sound health for ourselves inclusive of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Those are the three major roles we will play throughout our lives that we must take care of on a daily basis, but even within those three roles there are even more sub-roles.
We will be sons and daughters but we will also be mothers and fathers. We will be husbands and wives but we will also be brothers and sisters. We will be teachers and leaders but we will also be students and followers. We will be engaging storytellers but we will also be warm listeners and a shoulder for loved ones in need to lean on.
No matter how successful one aspect of our lives may be we cannot ignore the other roles we play. Of what value is a successful career if we’ve no one to share it with? And what use is being with the love of your life if you neglect your health and soon pass away? The Magic Word Balance reminds us to avoid the extremes and to instead seek a middle way that helps maintain poise regardless of circumstances.
Have you been spending too much of your time in one area of life while ignoring the other areas? Time is a precious commodity. Once it’s gone it’s gone for good. Money can be spent, lost, stolen, or saved, and no matter what we do with it we are given the opportunity to find more. Time, however, is non-renewable. Do you have balance?
Jonas Cain is an instructional designer, facilitator of fascination, and purveyor of positivity—helping to initiate and manage positive change for individual, team, and community growth.