Thursday, April 30, 2020

What is a Balanced Life?

Today, I am sitting here after almost a month of having our usual normal life turned upside down by COVID-19 and statewide stay at home orders. I have had a month to reorganize the flows of my family's lives into something managed from home. It was initially a culture shock to see everyone's lives, activities, and habits come to such an abrupt halt. When I began this post a month ago, I was still trying to balance 8,000 of life's balls in the air! Health, work, family life, relationships, home responsibilities, goals, and dreams all seemed to be different puzzles with 1000 puzzle pieces each--with each piece from each puzzle fighting to fit into all of the other puzzles of my life. For much of my life, it has been impossible to find any balance with all of these pieces rolling and bouncing and fighting for my attention at the same time. After a month of adjusting to a temporary, new normal state of existence as a family--I have had even more puzzles and pieces thrown into my balancing act.

What is a balanced life?  

If I had finished this post a month ago, would my answer have been very different than my thoughts this morning? A month ago, I would have said that a balanced life means working a little on each area of my life--every day, every week, every month--to reach my goals and dreams for each of those areas.

What are my thoughts about balance today?  

I realize that my definition of a balanced life is the same. A balanced life, to me, is a life that lets me find peace and contentment in each area of my life--knowing that I set goals and action plans into place and work on those areas piece by piece to find that peace of mind. A balanced life still means working a little on each area of my life.  Every day, every week, every month--to reach my goals and dreams for each of those areas.

What changed over this month?  

While I still have the same vision of a balanced life--the pieces and priorities of that balance have changed. For example, I had images of how my ideal home would look. As I spent a month existing mostly at home--with my family living/working/surviving from home full-time as well--we began to use spaces differently. My visions for my ideal home began to change. The same happened with my health, my relationships, my career goals--and even my bucket list.

My balanced life puzzle is still composed of multiple puzzles with 1000's of pieces--but my life's many puzzles look a little different than they did a month ago.

My visions for the various areas of my life have changed.

I am refocusing my vision for my life--and I am ready to begin to balance my life, balance the peace of my life with every piece of the various puzzles that need to come together to form my overall completed puzzle of life!

That is what this site is all about. 

Balancing Life and Balancing Peace--Piece by Piece.

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