Hunting for Harmony

In my perfect world, balance and growth would be integral. I have had experience in intense growth but at a cost. I used to believe that it was necessary to visit extremes in order to stimulate rapid development. While this may work in some situations, there is no body that can sustain constant barrage of assault without compromising integrity. Burnout out is most often reached by those who do not monitor themselves and maintain their equilibrium.

In the past, I`ve made giant leaps and bounds by pushing myself beyond what was healthy. But each time, the consequential exhaustion would lead to regression and sometimes, depression. Like the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, I am learning that slow and steady does, in fact, win the race.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”- Albert Einstein

Patience is what results when one practices self control. In this day and age, what with microwaves, cell phones, and bank machines, we are conditioned to crave instant gratification. It becomes more of a challenge to wait or delay pleasure when one cannot see the long term effects of poor impulse control. Though temptations abound, those with discernment matched with determination will make the better choices.

Along with remote controls came a whole new brand of laziness. I must be mindful to ensure that technology doesn`t hijack my ambition to put energy into designing my life. There is a fine line between a short cut to make my life easier and short changing myself from potential development.

Have you ever had your calculator fail and had to perform long hand division? If you didn`t bother to learn it or heaven forbid, forgotten how, then you may be sorry. A cake doesn`t bake itself. A house doesn`t build itself. How can one believe that they are entitled to success without the investment of effort? Is it reasonable to expect progress without at least creating an environment in which it can thrive?

I am learning that there is great strength to be found in maintaining calm and creating balance. It affords me greater health and peace of mind allowing me to deal with life`s “surprises” more effectively. By minimizing pressures, I`ve been regaining my equilibrium which I lost some time ago. So for now, I am choosing to surround myself with stability but still challenge myself regularly in order to advance.

At the moment, I`m training by taking painting classes and writing these blogs. It takes focus, patience, and dedication which are all skills I want to cultivate. The kind of talent that comes with a masterpiece ain`t made in a second. In order to try and define myself, I must continue to refine myself. This magnum opus is a work in progress.

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” – Brian Tracy

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