Can you describe the feeling of balance? I like to follow different blogs and see how other people bring balance into their lives. However, sometimes I stumble upon the articles that describe balance as a still, immobile, fixed condition that keeps a person within certain limits and does not let them explore their potential to the fullest.
Does it mean that people do not need balance in life? It is a question that I’ve been asking myself a lot lately while trying to find new ways to look at life balance. Is life balance really useless? Does being in balance mean a boring life of no accomplishments?
For a moment I was ready to agree that balance might not be what we all need. Maybe we need passion. Maybe we need boldness. Maybe it is time to break the limits and do something extraordinary. Is it time for me to give up the idea of life balance and move on?
I must say that this thought cycle was not easy because I devoted so many years of my life to finding balance and I almost felt that I came to a huge abyss in which it was time to find another direction. Do you sometimes feel the same way in life? You have a goal or a dream and you follow it but then at a certain point that goal seems to be useless…
Anyway, I continued thinking and exploring the deepest corners of my mind and soul. I was not ready to quit and give up my journey towards life balance and this is when it hit me.
There are two types of balance that we often confuse: a static balance and a dynamic balance. When things are in static balance you have to stop moving in order to maintain this condition. Look at the rocks in the header of my blog. If I take one of the rocks out or if I start moving the whole stack the balance will be lost. This is an example of a static balance.
Now let’s take a look at the tightrope-walker. This person holds his balance while moving forward. Yes, it might be easier for him to hold his balance for awhile in a static position, but sooner or later he will still fall. The only way of maintaining balance is movement. This is what dynamic balance is all about.
In life we should be striving for dynamic balance, not a static one. Static balance basically means being dead, if not physically than emotionally and mentally. In dynamic balance we adjust our attitude, our emotions, our efforts to our current needs and goals. And while we reach for our goals or follow our passions we still maintain that inner sense of balance that keeps us sane and serene. We move forward without losing ourselves.
Here is what you can do today to find your dynamic balance: