Why Balance Is So Important For Us
We don’t realize how important balance is in our lives — until we lose it
I suffered a stroke on June 19, 2020. It occurred in a part of my brain that controls balance and affected my ability to walk on my own. I’ve had a nice recovery and can now walk on my own without needing a cane. However, I’m still pretty wobbly on my feet, which is frustrating, as you might expect.
What became crystal clear from what happened to me, is how much I depend on my physical balance to be able to navigate the world around me. Even relatively simple tasks that I never gave a thought to before are now quite challenging.
Fortunately, my wonderful wife Kayoko keeps an eagle eye on me to make sure I don’t get carried away while walking around. Although I’m pretty wobbly on my feet, I haven’t fallen down since my stroke, so that’s good. But I have to be vigilant because if I make one false move ….
While pondering the importance of balance in a physical sense, I started thinking about how important balance is in a non-physical sense. In the same way that being able to stand and walk straight without losing one’s balance, it’s helpful to remember that we need proper balance in all aspects of our lives.
Everyone’s heard of work-personal life balance, and it’s true that getting out of balance between these two will inevitably cause problems. However, there are so many other areas of our lives that call for proper balance, as well.
For example, while many of us lead mostly secular daily lives, we are healthier emotionally when we also make room for a spiritual presence to balance things out, whatever that may mean for you personally.
And while it’s important to be serious when a situation calls for it, this must be balanced out by ensuring that we create good opportunities to have some good, old-fashioned fun. The saying, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is quite true.
As we are all going through the trials and tribulations of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, the need to have balance in our lives is even more essential. We may not have a choice about being isolated physically right now, but we do have a choice in making sure we are not isolated emotionally, which would throw our lives way out of balance and be very negative for us.
It requires a little work to keep that kind of balance in effect, by staying in touch with friends and family on a regular basis, but the benefits are well worth it. Do whatever it takes to avoid becoming too emotionally isolated.
It took a stroke to make me much more aware of how important both physical and emotional balance are. By all means, please feel free to skip the stroke part and just learn from me the value of maintaining proper balance in your life.
Here are some wise words about balance to consider:
“Having a healthy balance is what I strive for, and I can say with confidence that I have been successfully working toward it. It’s been a bit of a rocky road, but without those challenging times, I wouldn’t have been able to learn from it and improve. “
— Apryl Zarate Schlueter, Finding Success in Balance, Personal Development Quotes
“As time progresses, increase the amount of time spent on self-improvement, and less time on mental junk food. Create a healthy balance, it’s no different than indulging in some cake here and there. Moderation, moderation, moderation!”
— Curt Hinson, Sleeping Giant No More, Cool Quotes
“When it comes to balance, you have been sold a bill of goods. It’s time to give yourself a break, embrace the life you have, and make adjustments that will allow you to grow in the areas that are crucial to your most important commitments as well as your happiness.”
— Dan Thurmon, Off Balance on Purpose Commitment Quotes
“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your step as you walk the tightrope of life.”
— William A Ward, Humor Quotes
Thanks for reading. (Copyright Terry Mansfield. All rights reserved.)
Trying to be the best writer I can be. Specialist in eclecticism. Retired corporate exec/retired military officer.