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Balance on the Tightrope of Life

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I talked with my friend about the tightrope that we women walk today. While it is true that women have broken many social and occupational barriers, it’s ridiculous to think we can do and be everything to everyone. As sisters, daughters, mothers, wives, and friends we walk a thin line and wear ourselves out. Why?

Overcompensating?

If you or your loved one struggles with an addiction, you’ve likely fallen into the trap of overcompensating, living a false reality, and worn yourself out trying to make life more livable for you and your family. Much like walking a tightrope in the wind and fog, you can’t see where you’re going, yet you must trust yourself enough to take the next step.

I’m not a fan of Oprah Winfrey, but she is one of the most recognizable successful women in our world today who seems to have and do it all. She says, “I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.” Yet, we feel like failures if we aren’t doing or being everything to everyone: having a perfect body, wardrobe, husband, job, children, house, image. That, my dear, is a tightrope and virtually impossible to walk without faltering. There are responsibilities and standards we need to let go of to maintain balance in our lives.

Staying Balanced

Have you seen Nik Wallenda, 7th generation funambulist, walk across Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon? (Take a couple minutes to watch one or both of those videos.) Are the circumstances of your life equally precarious? Nik generally carries a 40’ pole, which naturally bends lower on the ends and helps him maintain a balanced center of gravity. What do you carry that helps you stay balanced? What can we learn from this tightrope walker?

Balance requires focus.

Carry only what is necessary.

Staying balanced can also be influenced by what/who you listen to/watch/read/consume. Wallenda heard his father’s voice cheering him on as he walked the wire. Wallenda’s family has been walking tightropes for generations and they spend hours in practice and need the support of loved ones. The same applies to you and me. We need others who love and encourage us to stay on course.

Chasing the wind

Do you ever feel like you’re trying to do and say all the right things? Do you say yes to things you’d rather not do? Do you take on more commitments than you’re comfortable or simply able to fulfill? Do you feel like King Solomon who said, “I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.”

Ladies, we must stop chasing the unattainable. Walking this tightrope is something we’re not equipped to do well. We’re wearing ourselves out and living unfulfilled lives as a result. We are tired women in need of rest and balance. The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to consider what we need to let go of and what we need to pick up, like Wallenda’s balancing pole.

William Arthur Ward, American author and teacher said, “A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”

Let’s make 2017 the year to get off the tightrope and live more balanced lives.

How do you love yourself? Part Two

Last time we looked at the most important commandment about loving God, others, and ourselves. In my research, I found little information or commentary about what it means to love ourselves, in the same manner we love others and God.

I loved the people closest to me and served others, including those less fortunate. I loved God. I believed I’d done all those things well. Yet I was tired, empty, and even resentful. How about you? Did you think you were doing things well only to learn that you might have been wrong?

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 (emphasis added)

I realized that I had it upside down. I thought that loving myself was selfish. There’s a big difference between loving yourself and being selfish. A BIG difference. I was so busy loving God and people that I’d forsaken loving myself. I never put myself on my “to do” list. The more Christian thing to do was to love God and others, right? So, here are some ideas to get you started loving yourself in healthy ways so you may love others and God out of abundance rather than emptiness.

10 Ways to Love Yourself

  • Meditate
  • Exercise
  • Take a nap
  • Soak in a warm bath
  • Go for a walk outside
  • Visit a museum or theater
  • Watch your favorite television show
  • Listen to a CD, all the way through in one sitting
  • Paint your nails or get a manicure or pedicure (maybe a facial, too!)
  • Read a book, without guilt that you could be doing other things

Want to know one of the most recent things I’ve done that felt like loving myself? I threw out the give-away pens and bought the kind of ink pens I love to write with. A small indulgence that makes me smile every time I pick up a pen to write.

Next time I’ll wrap up this series with some final thoughts and a prayer you can pray.

What is one thing you could do to love yourself better?

Check out my Self-Care Pinterest board to spark your own self-care ideas.

Busy is a four-letter word

Busy is a four-letter word

I wrote a blurb about busyness in Dashes of Salt. Why? Because I struggle with this problem, do you? Also, I remind myself regularly that if the Creator of the universe took a day off, I ought to do likewise…especially since I’m much less busy than He who holds everything together.

Naturally, I think I need to read about how to NOT be busy. Crazy, I know, it’s just another thing to do. I’ve learned the best plan to maintain space and sanity in my schedule is to actually schedule time for rest, recreation, and reconnection.

If you’re interested in reading more, click the link below: 

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