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Keeping Balance in Perspective

Hey, Lena here from the ‘Wellness Fast Lane’ again… 

On my path to wellness nirvana, I hear/read/see/eavesdrop on a lot of conversations that have to do with balance.

I find that it stresses me the heck out!

The five areas of your life…the six quadrants of your world….the seven components of a well-lived life.

Blah, blah, blah….

I’m sorry but my world doesn’t come segemented into bits and pieces like a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Sometimes my personal life edges over into my professional life and vice versa….and there are other grey areas.

Now, I know what these experts mean when they say these things, but I guess what really stresses me out is when they tell me that all my areas have to get equal attention or I’m some kind of colossal loser.

Well, you know what? The more I focus on embodying wellness, the more I realize that there are going to be certain areas of my McDonald’s Happy meal that are going to get more attention than others — sometimes I’m going to like the fries more and sometimes I’m going to like the toy more. Deal.

And, you know what else? That’s what makes me SANE.

I don’t say that to say it’s healthy to work all the time and get no physical activity but, sometimes you’re just going to have to work for months at a time on a work project and everything else takes a backseat. Sometimes your parents will get sick and you just focus on them for however long it takes and everyone else can go scratch.

I think the healthy attitude comes into play when it’s a conscious choice and when you set limits. Saying to yourself, “I’m going to work on this really diligently for 6 months and then I’m moving on.”

Is it just me or are your ‘life lines’ blurry, too?

P.S. It’s probably horrible that I just used a McDonald’s Happy Meal analogy on a wellness blog, but hey, I made my point, right?

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  1. You make me laugh. We sell “balance” and “happiness” and “serenity” in the U.S. We want to be like the pictures – and you’re right. It ain’t possible.

    Right now my parents are in the emergency room and I’ve got a lot of stuff going on. Do I have balance? Probably not! But the balance comes in when I step outside on my deck, under the canopy of my pecan tree, and look up at the almost full moon – knowing that everything will be OK. That helps me get balanced. It’s not equal pieces of the pie (or Happy Meal). You’ve got that right. It’s finding islands of peace within a busy and stress-filled day. It’s stopping to smell the roses, even if you don’t have time. Even if you don’t have roses.

    You’re right! Let’s not buy into the “selling” of well-being. Let’s just find our own ways to do it – when we have a spare minute – if all we have is a minute.

    Thanks for shining the light on this Lena. Cheryl

  2. Lena West says:

    Thanks, Cheryl.

    I think what really matters is if you’re able to look at yourself in the mirror and really know that you’re making a conscious use of your time, that’s wellness.

    It’s when we veer off into mindless eating and working that makes for challenges.

    Thanks for the support!

    -Lena





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