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Weighing in on Balance

I don’t much believe in astrology.  It’s tough to when the qualities attributed to any sign can apply across the board.  Having said that, whether it’s just a coincidence or written in the stars, I CAN say that as a Libran, I do seek balance.

I am happiest and most satisfied when I am making room for what I must do and what I want to do - be it my career, physical activity, loved ones, creative pursuits, and travel (when realistically possible).

Sure, it's not perfect, and it certainly ebbs and flows, but I consciously do my best to make the time - in the interest of my sanity and that of those around me.

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. - Robert Fulghum

Apparently it’s not just me.  The merits of balance are well acknowledged by health professionals of various sorts and discussed at length on the internet.  In fact, a search for “well balanced life tips” produces over 10 million results in less than two seconds – everything from healthy eating tips, to determining priorities, acknowledging imperfection, learning to say no…and the lists go on. In fact, the Globe & Mail recently published 10 Tips to Achieve Work/Life Balance.

For me it’s about staying true to who and what I value.  The responsibilities of life are non-negotiable daily commitments. I balance those by making a place for a variety of personally meaningful relationships/pursuits, even in the smallest of ways.  This could mean anything from a quick coffee with a friend, a tough workout, a few hours of photography, a bike ride (alone or with a friend), discovering a new restaurant, a movie...of course not everyday, but as often as it takes to make me feel complete. And on those days when I may feel squeezed by the more mundane aspects of life as we sometimes can, there is satisfaction in getting through the must-do’s that will free me up for more fun.

What about you? How do you work toward balance in your life? Do you think it's realistic? What does it mean to you?

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  1. I always feel the most balanced when I know I have crossed all of those "must-dos" off my list and I can feel free to enjoy what I want to do... I never feel fully comfortable if I know I have Stuff To Do. So, I do the stuff first and then feel free as a bird... and balanced. For better or worse. :)

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  2. I hear ya Shannon. Sometimes it's tough to let go with "must-dos" on your mind. But with a break, and some fun, I find that when I return to it I can often get them done more quickly.

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