Living in the Now – Maintaining Your Balance


Balance was very important to us boys as the journey to the lake took us along the railroad tracks. We could have walked beside them, of course, but the rails invited us to pretend we were tightrope walkers in a circus. Someone would always put their ear to the track first to listen whether a train was coming.

Years later, as a young father, I would sit on the seesaw with my children. As I was much heavier I had to shift my weight closer to the fulcrum to balance things out.

Is your life in balance? If not, do you accept it or do you shift your focus to bring balance back into your life?

  • Do you hate your job?
  • Do you feel entitled to be pampered and entertained?
  • Do you watch the clock until you can do something more agreeable?
  • Do you use social media to escape from the realities of your humdrum life?
  • Do you carry the stress of your job and the rush hour traffic home to share with your loved ones?

If that is the case, you have problems. Are you doing anything constructive to rectify the situation and bring balance into your life or do you just put up with it and complain? Carrying problems around with you while awaiting a better outcome gets you nowhere. Your energies are focused either on your past or your  future – the hometowns of all negative emotions.

Where your attention goes – energy flows. If you desire a life of happiness and contentment, it can only be achieved now.

What about that job you hate? Determine what it is you would rather do and set the wheels in motion to make it happen. There are night school courses as well as those you can take by correspondence. There are also many educational and motivational CD’s  you could be listening to in rush hour traffic rather than cursing the speed in which traffic is moving (or not moving). These actions alone will help relieve the feelings of feeling stuck where you are. They are actions in the NOW – the home of acceptance, confidence, optimism, and dependability.

What about paying more attention to those closest to you? For many people these are the ones who get to hear all your complaints and concerns. Thanks a lot! They too have stress in their lives and the last thing they need is to get dumped on with yours. No matter how tired, sore or disgruntled you feel, remind yourself that these are the people you care about. What can you do to make their day go a little better? You do not need to investigate and resolve their problems, instead try focusing on the positive things happening such as asking if anything funny happened today or did they see anything interesting. Share something positive of your own. Keep your conversation light but make it personal. Give each a few moments of your time. This brings everything into the NOW  – the home of encouragement, helpfulness, empathy, compassion and trust.

What about attending to your personal needs? Please note I said needs, not wants. You need to look after yourself by staying hydrated, eating properly, getting sufficient and restful sleep, exercising in some manner, learning to relax and following some spiritual pursuit. You cannot solve the world problems and may not even see a solution to your own. Look to a brighter future and do today what you can to make it happen. At a more personal level, this brings your life into the NOW – the home of faith, truth, understanding, and wisdom.

“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

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