Hey, this is the 350th post on Weighty Matters! I’ll blow a virtual noisemaker and toss a few streamers. Thanks for being part of the blog.
This week I keep thinking that so much of life and successful effort depends on how well we keep ourselves and our lives in balance. For those of us old enough to remember the Ed Sullivan Show, they used to feature an act where a guy had a bunch of plates spinning on wobbly poles. While frantic music played, the man ran from pole to pole, keeping the plates spinning so that they didn’t fall off and crash on the floor. I can relate. There are days when it just feels like I have too many damn plates spinning and I’m charging around trying my best to give each plate enough attention to keep it up so it doesn’t shatter.
Right now I’m finishing up a morning protein smoothie (pineapple, green apple, kale, coconut water and protein powder) and getting ready for my Saturday morning Tai Chi class so it sort of synchs. My food plan requires a careful balance of protein, veggies, fruit, carbs and even some fat. I have a job that means I spend a significant part of my day at my desk. I need to balance that with a good amount of exercise.
Tai Chi, with its slow, methodical movements is a terrific way to improve balance. When you watch it being done, the moves flow and seem easy, but believe me the art takes real effort. Over the last 16 months, my balance has definitely gotten better and it’s a constant transition. As my body reduces in weight and size, my balance points shift so I’m continually readjusting. I like feeling in control of my motions and establishing my own balance.
Then there’s the whole emotional and mental need for balance. Over the last month, as you know from my frequently mentioning it on the blog, I’ve been in the middle of a boatload of stressful stuff. Too much stress is bad for our health. I’ve really had to work hard for balance in this area too. I’ve developed some methods and used different tools. For example, I set my phone to Do Not Disturb when I go to bed. It can still function as my alarm clock, but I don’t hear email notifications or text message tones when I’m sleeping. If something comes up in one of the situations, I sit and breathe through it instead of immediately reacting. This is something that I think of as Dialing Back the Drama.
I also make the time to do things that I enjoy and build in “me time” so that I can restore my emotional and mental equilibrium.
I don’t like teetering on a high wire so shoring up my foundations is the equivalent of making sure that I have a safety net beneath me so that, if I lose my balance, I won’t fall splat on the ground. I can hit the net and bounce back up onto my feet, then climb back up to the high point, regain my balance and continue to move forward.
Today’s going to be the kind of day that originally had the potential to get out of whack, but I saw that coming and took action. There are some things that I need to do and time I must devote to other responsibilities. I’m okay with that happenings since it’s all part of a well-rounded life. However, I also have plans for myself. Tai Chi in the morning is for me. Later on today, I have a DIY project that I want to do after I take care of something for work and for one of my other involvements. Looking ahead to the day, I believe I have things in good balance. Just knowing this settles me into a good emotional place. I’m starting out the day with a smile and positive attitude, ready to enjoy it all.
I wish you all a happy day, in balance, with a good shot of “you” time included. Enjoy!