Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Balanced or grounded?

You hear a lot these days about a life being in balance. Is balance something for which you strive? Dozens of books have been written about balance. I've written several blogs on the topic, for that matter.

Lately I've been wondering whether balance is the right concept, though. The term can imply that there is a place at which you'll arrive where things are all evened out: Your personal and professional sides will be lived out in a proper ratio. Your social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual aspects will each have the proper amount of attention and care.

Perhaps that isn't what you strive for so much as it is a feeling of groundedness—of being centered. Is what you want really that perfect ratio between each aspect of your life? (Perhaps it is.) Or is it that you would like that feeling of equanimity and calm that you are somehow holding it all together as best you can? Perhaps not perfectly. But the best you can. You feel grounded and centered, knowing that you can manage what comes your way (always with a little help from your family, friends or coach, of course!).

Do you feel grounded in your own wisdom and your ability to cope? If you don't, what would it take for you to feel that way? What are the obstacles?

If this is a topic you'd like to explore, I invite you to contact me for an absolutely no-obligation, complimentary strategy session. If it's a topic about which you feel confident, I'd love to hear your ideas in the Comment box below.

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps seeking balance is more like being on a trampoline than on solid ground. After we stop jumping, the trampoline continues to feel elastic (just as life continues to happen). We need to flex and go with the flow in order to get the most out of our experience!