The cost of
success will be
too high if you chose not
to lead a balanced life.
Live a balanced life--learn some and
think some and draw and paint and sing and
dance and play and work every day some.
Learning not to grapple with every little thing
that comes along
is quite a struggle for many of us. The eggs are too runny;
the coffee is not hot enough; the
clothes donít fit exactly perfectly. Some of us have so fashioned our lives around perfecting the
of the small stuff that we never catch a glimpse of the bigger
picture. We so distract our lives with details and convincing
everything matters that we live out of harmony and out of
balance. -Anne Wilson Schaef
the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.
Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a
successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve
others by using them. -Thomas Kinkade
The Amish love the
Sunshine and Shadow quilt pattern. It shows
two sides--the dark and light, spirit and form--and the challenge of
bringing the two into a larger unity. It's not a choice between
extremes: conformity or freedom, discipline or imagination,
acceptance or doubt, humility or a raging ego. It's a
balancing act that includes opposites. -Sue Bender
To live in a harmonious balance of commitments
pleasures is what I strive for. -Jane Rule
|Balance is the key to my
serenity. I attain balance by listening to my
inner wisdom and to the wisdom of others. There is no situation in
I cannot find a point of balance. There is no circumstance in which
cannot find inner harmony. As I ask to be led into equilibrium and
I will find that my answers come to me. I am wiser than I know, more
of right action and attitudes than I yet believe. In every event, I
the balance point of God's action through me.
We need to
find the "middle way" in our own lives. It is the art of
finding balance. Reflecting upon our lives, we soon discover what
serves us well--nurturing calmness, ease, and simplicity. We also
discover what it is that leads to entanglement, confusion, distress, and
anxiety. Wisdom is being able to discern the difference, then
what we need to nurture and what we need to learn to let go.
in your life between work and your personal life is very important. Without balance, you eventually burn out, negatively affecting your
performance at work. -Byron Pulsifer
Fortunate indeed are the people who take exactly
the right measure of themselves and hold a just balance between
what they can acquire and what they can use.
One of the things I find fascinating about
Godís creation is the way
he seems to temper the negative environmental
elements with corresponding
positive ones. For
instance, without the nearly ceaseless rains of the northwest,
incomparable green scenery would greet the eye from all directions.
And the snow that snuggles atop Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St.
would not exist if, at lower elevations, there were no rain. . . .
style ensures that something wonderful will offset
something less than wonderful. In
everything God seems to be balanced. -Marilyn Meberg
balance and purity is the highest good for you and the earth.
Life is often messy,
uncertain, and unpredictable. Sometimes it's a string
of troubles that seem to never end. That's normal. Ups and
are normal. Being ill on occasion is normal. Feeling peaceful
are normal. Occasional low-energy days are normal. According
medicine, it is accepted as natural that we fluctuate from being in
to being out of balance. Peace of mind comes from not attaching a
deal of significance to either state. We simply note our moods and
physical states and gently move toward balance as best we can,
accepting it all as part of the flow of life.
-Charlotte Davis Kasl
The best and safest thing is to keep
a balance in your
the great powers around us and in us. If you can do
that, and live that way,
you are really a wise person. -Euripides
|We in the West don't think much in terms of balance,
obviously we should. Even the very thought of an
exquisite union and
balance of all our forces, both
physical and mental, has a gentle, hopeful
to it. . . . All of us must find a bridge between our
spiritual parts. When that balance is
achieved, what a happy comfort
for ourselves! -Edward J. Lavin
Weakness and strength are necessary for balance. No
one or nothing is only
weak or only strong. But some of us overlook our weaknesses, and
deny that we have them. That can be dangerous, because denying there
a weakness is in itself a weakness. Likewise, accepting that we have
weaknesses becomes a strength. And by the same token, overestimating
strength is a weakness. You should not be blinded by your strengths.
The feeling of strength is not the same as having strength. Neither
you ignore your weaknesses. Know them well, too.
-Joseph M. Marshall III
We can be sure that the greatest hope for maintaining
in the face of any situation rests within ourselves.
balanced? Do you share your time, your energy,
your life, as much with yourself as you do with those
around you?. . . . Know your limits. You are one of the
most important people you need to look after and love. Balance your time, your energy, your life with those
around you. You'll be able to give more freely and joyfully
as a result, and you'll be more open to the gifts of
the universe. It's not wrong to give to others. But it's okay to say yes to ourselves, too.
walks out on the high wire over empty space, sways above the
breathless crowd, defies the law of gravity. . . .
successful living of a life can be compared to walking across
a high wire.
indispensable quality needed is balance.
balanced self is the well-integrated self. A harmonious
combination of all the constructive elements of personality
makes the self whole.
balanced self practices moderation, avoids extremes, follows
the maxim "Not anything too much."
balanced self meets the challenges of life with
equanimity. It is neither exalted by success nor
dejected by failure. It meets despair with hope and
climbs the heights with humility.
balanced self maintains mental equilibrium. It has ideals
without illusions. It separates fact from fancy.
It keep a level head.
balanced self is mature. It considers everything from a
grown-up viewpoint balanced by a child's simplicity.
balanced self balances dreams with action. It uses the
power of inner thought to inspire outer achievement. And
it uses action to stimulate further dreams.
balanced self guards against quick emotional reactions.
It does not jump to impulsive conclusions. It delays
action until it has had time, calmly and fairly, to balance
all the factors involved.
balanced self is resilient; it is flexible to change.
Like a tree in the wind, it bends without breaking.
balanced self knows the error of constant effort. It
renews itself through prayer and relaxation, that it may apply
a higher impact of energy and creative power to the task at
balanced self lives a balanced life. It balances work
and play, love and worship.
balanced self maintains the I AM of the spirit at the center
of self, in full command of its destiny.
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