Well, if you know me, you know that just made me defensive about my search for balance, so I went to check more into it. What I found was very thought provoking. It made me realize that not everyone defines balance in the same way. Huh. Never occurred to me that there could be more than one way to view the idea of finding balance in your life. It made me think more about what exactly I mean when I say I'm on a quest for balance.
For me, balance is not equal time for every aspect of my life. It's absolutely not possible. But what I am seeking, is to combine all the little things and big things together, so that at the end of the day everything is in harmony, everything is balanced.
The picture I have in my head is of a great teeter-totter. On one side is the person that I believe God wants me to be, and on the other side are all the little things and big things in my life, added together, trying to achieve balance. Not enough of something let's that side go up and let's God down. Too much of something else weighs that side down, weighs me down, so that all the blessings God is giving me can't be fully enjoyed. It's not a quest for equality in all areas, but more like a grand recipe of time & effort that ultimately seeks to equal out and balance with what my life is intended to be. Five minutes of quick kitchen clean up added to half an hour of bedtime stories and snuggling. Throw in an hour or two of paperwork, a little menu planning and prepping/cooking dinner, some time to workout and take care of my body, time spent with my husband. All of those things are interconnected, and touched by one another. In seeking balance, I am seeking to find a way to mesh them all together to the best result, so that no one thing is getting neglected, and everything is getting not equal time, but the time that it needs and deserves.
Just as all things do not need or deserve equal time, not all days are the same. Some days the mom part of the equation needs to take the largest share of my time, and the paperwork and cleaning have to wait. Other days, I'm not needed so much as a mom, and I can give the housework and job the attention they need. Each day is interconnected with the next... trying to achieve overall balance and live the life God intends me to.
How about you? How do you look for or define balance in your life?
May you have a blessed, balanced, and thoughtful day!
If you're curious about the anti-balance thing, do a twitter search for the hashtag #antibalance. And, by the way, I think we're aiming for the same results, but just looking at it differently.