Balance in life is something rarely achieved.
We think that’s what we want to have in life, yet we actually need the opposite to operate well in this world.
Some times, we need to work more.
Other times, we need to focus on relationships.
Still other times, we need to pay more attention to our health.
Life does not often give us a chance to do all this and more on the same day.
When we are young, our health is usually strong, and we desire to build our career or business.
As we mature, finding a partner or creating a family becomes important to us.
Then, as we age and get on in years, our health is of primary concern.
There is nothing wrong with have different priorities at different times.
We do not need to perfectly balanced in all things at all times.
Perhaps one week we want to spend more time connecting with friends.
The next week we desire to be more with our family or parents.
Still at other times we are working hard to get a project done.
Or perhaps we spending a great deal of time looking for a new career.
Maybe even going back to school to learn a new skill or technology.
Sometimes, we even come down with wanderlust and decide to spend our days traveling the world.
Focusing intensely on one of these areas much more than another is not only normal, but expected.
And when the time comes that we decide to spend as much time as possible with a dying relative or a friend with a serious disease, that is appropriate too.
The balance in life is not about what area we are focusing our daily schedule on.
Balance in life is about having a full, well-rounded life, that we will look back upon one day and feel satisfied.
Balance occurs most often in the long view of life, not in the short term.
So let’s stop criticizing ourselves for not having more balance in our lives, and start accepting that it is all just a part of our time here here in a mortal body.
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant