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balance

Balance is the perfect state of still water.
Let that be our model.
It remains quiet within
and is not disturbed on the surface.
~ Confucius


discerning the balance point

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Why am I doing what I’m doing?  What are my goals?  Am I keeping my eye on what is important?

Not being a terribly introspective person, I now and then take stock of myself: my motives, my perseverance, resolve, and my willingness to change when I SHOULD change – and to know when change is needed.

Several years ago, I knelt at the prayer rail during a Richard Foster Workshop/Spirituality Day Retreat and asked the gentle person who laid her hand on my head to pray that God would grant me discernment and wisdom.

That is actually my constant prayer.  My always prayer.

Quoting Elaine M. Prevallet:

Perseverance, as she walks that tightrope toward her goal, always needs her companion–the balancing pole of discernment that keeps check on motivations, on the one hand of self-protection, and on the other hand of self-promotion or self-interest. . . . Discernment must keep her sensitive even to the very subtle changes in her relationship to the goal. . . . and we have to learn to keep discernment as our steady companion as we walk securely and trustingly toward God.

I walk trustingly – and prayerfully – always wanting to discern the balance point.

life is a balancing act

Life is indeed a balancing act – but how marvelous that we can juggle several things at once!  Noticing the activities of my grandchildren, I realize that maintaining a Sense of Balance starts early.  Although when I was young and dealing with studies and a social life and  Learning about Life, I didn’t really think of it as juggling: I just did it.  The same holds true when I was a young wife and mother – working and mothering and maintaining a relationship with my husband and with friends: it did not seem a hardship (that is not to say that there was no stress – but we can handle stress). 

Now, past mid-life, I am still making choices and juggling and balancing – and I find it invigorating and wouldn’t live  any other way.  In other words: no regrets through each stage of my life – from the First Act until now.

A balancing act essentially is Maintaining Balance – which at times may be challenging – but I’ve found it to be ultimately rewarding and am so grateful for each and every moment.

I’m especially grateful for the folks I’ve met along the way as I deal with Balance.  Hubby and I often comment about the dear friends we have  since Time Immemorial and friends from each walk of life, each place we have lived, each organization or group in which we participated, each new contact . . . .

Life is rich.  Life is good.

Now, in my dotage, it is truly invigorating to be testing the waters via the internet: Facebooking, blogging, electronic mailing, googling.  It is amazing how one can connect with friends – old friends, new friends – and immediately learn what is going on in the world, find a recipe, learn about particular interests (books most especially comes to mind!), venture out – balancing all the way!

AND, if I now and then drop something, life continues on (as a friend commented recently, the earth doesn’t stop spinning on its axis).

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.”
Thomas Merton