Balance. Maybe if I say it enough, it will magically happen? Ha! No, that would be much too easy. Nothing that matters comes easily. In order to obtain and appreciate what is truly valuable I have to work hard and then wait patiently. Positive things come to those who wait. As you know, patience has always been difficult for me, however the more I work at it the easier it's becoming. Awareness that I can't always get what I want when I want it is key. It really comes hand in hand with letting go of fear.
As you know, I'm a writer, triathlete, parent, mentor (believe it or not, ha ha), wife and all that goes with it. There are numerous sub-activities/duties that go with each of my titles. To sum it up, there is rarely enough time in a day to accomplish everything. This is where balance will come in.
Here are some examples: a year ago I was a stay-at-home mom. I am now working, and am hoping to add to my resume' soon with additional opportunities. I am officially a paid writer! George Eliot "It is never too late to be what you might have been". Absolutely. My kids are growing up (sniff). My daughter recently acquired her learner's permit and will have her driver's license before her seventeenth birthday in June. She is thinking about college and is taking the SAT next month. My son's voice is deepening and he is now much taller than I am. As this triathlete season draws near, I am determined to excel in my races (last year I was kind of content with the mediocre). There's more (some larger than I've got my head around at this point) but these examples give you an idea. Remember my photo essay about the new year? "2013. Shit is about to Change." Well...here we go! Progress. It's the new change.
Progress is good. So I am embracing it.
There is no magic wand when it comes to achieving balance. It's about setting boundaries, knowing what my limitations are and not biting off more than I can chew. Life doesn't have to be a juggling act. I don't have to live in fear. I don't have to do it all or have it all. I just have to do is keep it simple. Stick to the basics. Putting it on virtual paper is a start.
To sit back, look at it logically and take action really doesn't have to be complicated. And over complicating my life is in my past. Today it is about simplification. Thus, achieving the perfect balance. Wait...not perfect, but just...balance. As always, writing about it to you has helped. Thank you.
Balance. That, my friends equates peace.