It’s all about balance.
When you think about it from the moment we get up to the moment we go to bed. Even from birth balance is the major controlling factor of our lives, health and survival.
When we are born there is balance that is established by the infant and the parent. In the ideal situation the parent will provide a structure that provides ample amount of sleep food and nurturing, proper shelter and hygiene for the infant. These are all subject to change at any moment when “life happens.” Balance in that sense hangs by a fine thread.
As we mature we begin to find our own balance, we learn to sit, then crawl and then walk and run and play. There seems to be no limit to what we can do. As adults, we take our balance for granted. Just being able to get up out of bed and walk to the bathroom to get ready for the day is all provided by the miracle of balance.
Balance of our sleep wake cycle, proper balance of our hormones, electrolytes and neurotransmitters, it all hangs by a thread. Yet we for the most part never give it a second thought until something goes wrong.
The mere act of walking requires balance. It is something we should all get down on our knees and thank God for the ability to be able to do every day.
Terry Prachett one of my favorite authors wrote about balance…
“in the middle of the see saw there is a place that never moves”
That is the place that we need to strive towards finding and going to, to achieve the ultimate state of balance.
How do we find that place?
One of the ways is to first determine in your memories a place or time when you felt safe and warm and comfortable. When all was well with the world. Second close your eyes and begin to remember the sights, sounds, smells, and feelings associated with that place. What was it that made it safe and comfortable?
In the movie Rise of the Guardians… Alec Baldwins character North says to Jack Frost..
“who are you Jack Frost what is your center?”
It takes him several epic events to find his center. But once he does he is able to be seen and heard which gives him great joy.
To find balance it is not just about finding time to fit in all the important things into your life, family, God, work, fun etc.. it is about finding the place inside of you that never moves.
It is your foundation. Chances are you are ignoring it, not listening to it. It is covered with moss and overgrown with vines and foliage, both good and bad. So now it is time to go there and uncover it bit by bit.
Once you find this place that has never moved you can begin again to build around it. Yes life is like a see saw and never stands still or feels like it is stable, but that place is there and will always be there. So today I challenge you to start today on your journey to find balance and to use it to manage all that life dishes out to you.
Knowing that it exists is half the battle. Use it as your weapon to defeat all sorts of enemies. Including but not limited to overeating, procrastination, apathy and blatant disobedience.
We all do it. We know what the right thing is to do yet we chose to do nothing or something else less meaningful or even worse wait until the last minute and then try to do it.
In Hebrews 12 it says…let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.
it goes on to say…Now take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves but become strong.”
I hope to be that for you. Let us all get up now on our shaky legs and focus on the middle of the see saw.