In art, balance is defined as the harmony of design and proportion. As an artist, I apply this basic art principle on a daily basis. However, I’ve found that applying the principle of balance to life is more challenging.
We all struggle with juggling work, family and recreation, so I know I’m not alone in this quest for balance. So, to help strike a balance in my life, I’ve chosen three words to become my focus for the year: organized, proactive and healthy.
Most people who know me think I’m organized. If given multiple tasks I usually am able to manage priorities to meet deadlines. So, choosing this word as a focus for the year may come as a surprise to some. But what most people don’t realize is that I’m much less organized than I used to be. In college I handled the hectic schedule by making very strict “to do” lists. These lists defined my day minute by minute:
1:00 – 1:30 Study Spanish
1:30 – 4:00 Drawing III Class
4:00 – 5:00 Read English Lit assignment
5:00 – 5:30 Dinner
5:30 – 6:30 Time with boyfriend
6:30 – 9:00 Package Design project
9:00 – 10:30 Study Art History
As you can see by this snippet, it was a little rigid. And, as you may have guessed, “boyfriend” did not like being “scheduled.” So, I’ve lightened up over the years.
But being organized is not optional in my job or as a busy wife and mother. I must strive to find a balance between flexibility and organization in my life.
Proactive makes the list because it facilitates being organized. It’s much easier to control a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to something that’s already happened. By being proactive I can analyze and prioritize my to do list and ensure nothing falls between the cracks.
My last word, healthy, is the most important to me. No riches on this earth are as valuable as good health. And, by good health, I mean more than just physical wellness. Health is much more than a physical state. It, too, is a fine balance between physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Like the majority of Americans, I struggle to eat right and exercise. But this important combination does more than keep my body healthy. It also helps my mind by alleviating stress. And, with a deadline-driven job and the demands of a busy life at home, diminishing stress is a top priority.
The final piece that must fit into place in order for me to have a healthy lifestyle is the nourishment of my spiritual life. I’ve been blessed to have a loving upbringing that has given me a strong foundation of faith. I rely upon my faith on a daily basis to see me through whatever life brings. It’s an integral part of who I am that I cannot afford to take for granted, so I must be diligent to keep my eyes focused on the prize.
Yes, life is all about balance. As I strive this year to strike a balance, my wish for you is that you find yours as well.