Monday, March 8, 2010

Creating a Balanced Life

As we discover ways to live a balanced life, we experience greater peace. Any good thing when done in moderation can enhance our peace but when done in excess can detract from it. Consider the following activities that many of us juggle on our journey through life:

• Working

• Eating

• Sleeping

• Caring for family members

• Cooking, cleaning, doing housework and yard work

• Serving friends, neighbors, church members, community

• Meditating, reading inspired literature, praying

• Running errands

• Shopping

• Pursuing hobbies

• Exercising

• Commuting

• Watching television

• Talking on the phone

• Texting, emailing, using the Internet

• Watching television

• All the other activities that are a part of daily living, including self-care, paying
bills, etc.

Let’s consider some ways that enhance our peace of life by helping us balance our lives in a healthy and self-nurturing manner:

• Delegating or reducing activities that steal your peace of mind

• Deciding what things are most important in your life

• Slowing down whenever possible

• Taking time to enjoy the journey

• Saying “no” to requests that you know are wrong for you

• Creating a life plan that best utilizes your talents and best suits your needs

• Including a few moments of meditation into your daily schedule

• Deciding to adopt a healthy, self-nurturing lifestyle

• Choosing friends who inspire you to live peacefully

• Asking God to help you discover your unlimited potential and to help you develop it

In his book All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Robert Fulgham wrote, "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."

Creating a balanced life frees a person to become all that he or she can be. As we reduce or eliminate activities that detract from our peace and add activities that enhance our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being, we discover that we are freer, happier, and more energetic. Today, review those things that matter most in your life. Put yourself on your “to-do” list. Discover the joy of living a life that is more serene, more balanced, and more whole.

© Carol Brown

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