I’m still pondering the pursuit and practice of balance during this first week in January. Spiritual equilibrium was the subject of my last post, but the management of input and output in pursuit of growth extends to our personal, emotional and creative lives as well.
Personally, I desire to grow in skill and add to my knowledge which requires absorbing new information and ideas and then applying and practicing what I learn.
Relationships are important to me, so I make it a priority to spend time with family and friends.
Creatively, I struggle to find time for inspiration from newspapers, experiences, blogs, books and just living life along with time to write a (hopefully ) worthy post or two each week. Perhaps my fellow bloggers can help me here. I greatly admire those of you who post engaging entries daily. How do you do it?
In addition to balancing each of the above there is the challenge of managing a life that includes all of the above and more.
Perhaps I’m over-analyzing this. (‘ya think?)
I can imagine no better example of vibrant growth than that of a two-year-old. Our grandson lives each day as an adventure of exploration and education as he plays, interacts with people, observes, asks questions and expresses himself.
He has no plan. Balance is of no concern to him. His growth is natural, and it looks effortless.
What he does have is wise, responsible and loving parents who make sure he eats healthy food and gets enough sleep. They read to him and talk with him (in two languages.) They provide opportunities for play and interaction, and they insist on boundaries. In other words, they have set up an environment in which he can’t help but grow.
I’m definitely over-thinking.
So here’s my new approach (not a plan!)
With renewed commitment to a spiritual stream of living water, filled from the Source and then overflowing into service, I will try to treat every day as an opportunity to grow under the care and oversight of my Heavenly Father.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
I’ll just leave the planning to Him. That is far easier said than done for an over-thinker like myself. I’ll let you know how it’s going!
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brother kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8
I’d love your thoughts and ideas on balancing a busy life. Really.