A Matter of Balance

overheard conversationSnippets of overheard conversation can sometimes have a profound impact on my life. Such was the case when a young boy and his dad cycled past me.
The boy said, “The ground is really hard if you fall.” His dad agreed and told him that was why they had worked so hard on balance, so he’d be less likely to fall. That is all of the conversation I heard, but it was enough.

The thought of balance stayed with me. Not balance on a bicycle, but in life.

My life consists of many good things. The problem comes when I focus on a few of them and neglect the others. Without a proper balance, I become unstable. This may not be evident right away, but eventually, my quality of life is affected. If I don’t pay attention to the warning signs I’m headed for a fall.

Like the young boy on the bicycle, I have fallen and experienced some hard landings. Getting back up can be difficult. The bumps and bruises remind me to be more careful next time.

The simple wisdom I overheard was timely. Fall is typically a season of new beginnings as activities resume and days get busier. In the past, I have been known to take on too many commitments. Time and attention are taken from other areas in order to keep up. This creates an unbalance physically, emotionally and relationally.

I’m getting too old to pick myself up easily after a fall. For that reason, I’m working hard to keep balance in my life. I know I can’t be the only one who struggles with this.

How are you doing with maintaining balance and do you have any tips to share?

4 thoughts on “A Matter of Balance”

  1. Dear Tandy I liked your thought about balance. I’ll send you a story of my miracle as to do with balance.
    It felt like God gave me a miracle last night. I have had 2 bouts of Vertigo in the last month. This last one was getting so bad I wasn’t getting much sleep. I fell twice with the first bout of Vertigo, but no broken bones. Which was amazing. Yesterday I tried to talk to my doctor but no chance. I was talking to Kim and he suggested the nurse line.
    I called the 811 number and was finally talking to a doctor. He asked me a few questions and asked if I lived alone. I told him I did but my daughter was right next door. He asked to speak to her. They got to talk and he wanted her to do the Epley Maneuver. He said to look it up on YouTube and to follow a video. She has had this Maneuver before as I have but it never worked for me. Kathy and Bruce poured over a few videos of this maneuver and then came back to me to try what they had learned. They really knew what they were doing and I followed their instructions. After two tries, my Vertigo was GONE!! I thank God and how he used Kath and Bruce.

    I need to listen to my body and the Spirit of God’s wisdom as I balance the rest of my life. Yesterday I was getting over Vertigo. Today I feel so much better. I hope it is “Good Bye” Vertigo.

    1. Thank you for telling me your story, Shirley. I pray for Bod’s wisdom as you balance the rest of your life.

  2. Thank you for this timely answer to prayer Tandy. I have learned to remember who I am and value the aspects of my life that are important to me. That way I can remain focused on my own priorities rather than running off in every direction, thereby maintaining a good balance to accomplish the important stuff of life.

    1. I appreciate your comments. When we don’t focus on our priorities all sense of balance is lost and we definitely don’t accomplish the important stuff!

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