I struggle with balance and I’m not just talking about the fact that I can’t walk in a straight line to save my life. Even now, when I no longer work outside of the home, I feel like if I pour time and energy into one thing, I’m neglecting something else that is important to me.
For example, my book has been sitting in a file waiting on me for several weeks now. The characters, who once felt like family now feel like characters that I have to get to know again.
This month is one that can only be described as HECTIC, both physically and mentally. We had so many exciting things happen, from a hurricane evacuation that led to four other family members and their cat and dog in our home for a week, a baby shower for my grandson, and our daughter’s sixth birthday party, but even the fun things can wear us down after a while.
Finally today, I feel like I can get my house in order and breathe.
It feels good.
How do you feel about balance? Do you feel like you have a good method for maintaining a sense of balance in your life?
What is balance anyway? I grapple with that as well. I don’t feel like it’s realistic to believe we can consistently pour the same amount of energy into everything we do. There’s always going to be one thing that takes up more of our time and attention. Does this mean we’re not balanced?
Is finding balance even a goal we need to focus on? Or is it more important to focus on living a happy and fulfilled life?
Sometimes I feel like “finding balance” is another thing on the to-do list and I don’t have a clue how to do it, or if I should even bother.
Maybe I’d rather just try to go with the flow more, allow myself the opportunities to gain more flexibility – both mentally and physically – maybe allow opportunities to practice patience. Maybe balance isn’t really necessary at all. Or maybe I’m just tired of trying to find balance and feeling like I’m failing at it every time.
Mamas, what are your thoughts?