I’ve come to realise that I’m not the greatest when it comes to balance. I’m not talking about standing in a yoga pose without falling over.
I’m referring to balance in life and in particular my life.
Every time I think I’m on the right track and feel like things are balanced, it also changes. I suddenly feel like the balance had the day before was a one off.
But what sort of balance am I looking for?
Is it a work life balance?
Is it a health and fitness balance?
Is it a mindset balance?
In reality it is all of them because they all play a part in trying to achieve the balance we want.
I think one of my biggest problems is over thinking. In fact it may be that I am always thinking. I never seem to have an empty mind.
One of me heroes, Bruce Lee, famously said:
“Be Water, My Friend.
Empty your mind.
Be formless, shapeless, like water.
You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot.
Now water can flow or it can crash.
Be water, my friend.”
Now there are different ways to interpret this but for me its seems to be about adaptability. Water can adapt at a moments notice and by doing so it retains control. It may be guided by external influences but it is still in control.
I am trying to apply this to my life but not with a lot of success, YET.
Instead of being the raging river rapids charging to my goal downstream, I think I’m more like that annoying leak in your roof that has not been fixed in ages.
It’s nothing, just a little dribble. But given time its keeps on persevering and soaks away at the roof and all the layers. months laters you have rotting beams, damp patches in your ceiling and ultimately the ceiling caves in.
All from that little dribble that meant nothing at the time.
I need to adapt to my lifestyle but still be on control of it.
I have come to realise that there is no overnight fix. No fast track solution to finding the balance in life. So, like the dribble I will just soak away at it until the time that I overcome the obstacle of ceiling in front of me.
A weird example I know, but life can be weird.