Finding balance in our daily lives can be somewhat illusory. We recognize that stress, and over-commitment, and not enough sleep, and poor eating habits, and limited exercise, and… Let’s just say that just about anything can interfere with our peace and tranquility. Without a proper balance, we can become frazzled and unproductive.
A mobile is a perfect example of balance. We know what happens when the weight of one hanging element is off-kilter. The entire structure loses its center of gravity. Rather than an object of beauty, it becomes distorted and dysfunctional. Are we not the same?
Speaking for myself, when I focus on one thing in my life that seems to be getting out of hand, the others don’t naturally fall into place. I may shorten the string for one, but then must adjust the remaining connections. If I have too many objects to balance, the whole darn thing is out of whack. I skip from one activity to another, barely accomplishing what needs to be done.
I do believe our personality types enter into the algorithm of balance. I’m definitely an introvert. In other words, I re-energize in a quiet, organized environment. An extrovert, on the other hand, claims his or her center of gravity by interaction with others. That’s a big difference.
I’m tremendously energized by writing. My space is organized, I have no noise to distract me, my imagination takes over, and the story evolves. If that were the structure of my life, all would be calm. But wait! Daily activities of life interfere. Shop for groceries, clean the house, open the mail, pay the bills, meet up with friends, grade assignments, get some exercise… It goes on and on, doesn’t it?
Now that I’ve published my books, I’m told, I can’t let them wither on the vine. Create a website, start a blog, have a social media presence, and advertise, advertise, advertise. Update the website and blog, develop a following, create a mailing list, write a newsletter, schedule speaking engagements and book signings. What’s an introvert to do? And what priorities do I claim?
For me, balance is illusory. But I’m working on it.