We are constantly pulled in a million different directions. Between social media, notifications on our phone, emails, texts, calendar requests, so on and so forth, we all do our best. We read article after article, posts (like this one), and listicles to try and better our lives. But one thought has always crept into my mind when reading these articles.
Someone will say, “Prepare for the future.” Another author will write, “Live in the moment.”
Our parents said, “You can grow up to be whatever you want to be.” And then teachers may have taught, “Start with realistic goals.”
We may have been told to, “BE YOURSELF.” And at the same time we are watching a documentary about a historical figure who is an EXCELLENT role model.
“Life is simple.” vs “Life is not fair.”
“You can’t make others happy, until you are happy.”
“Treat others the way you’d like to be treated.”
It must just be the way my mind has worked, but I often saw these as contradicting phrases. How can I BOTH live in the moment AND prepare for the future? How can I be myself AND ALSO strive to be like someone else?
Life is about balance.
Sounds pretty simple. Another cliché quote right? “Life is all about balance.”
But truly, to use another cliché saying – it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
I don’t have the answers needed to lead a successful life, but I feel like this is a step in the right direction. We need to know WHEN to insert and live by the quotes above. An example that comes to mind brings two more contradicting phrases.
“Pick your battles.” vs “Stand up for your beliefs.”
Where is the line? When do you keep quiet and wait for a better time to make your argument, but when should you become outraged and stand up for what you KNOW is right?
All I can say is that instead of striving to ALWAYS prepare for the future or ALWAYS live in the moment, let’s strive for knowing when to prepare and when to soak in the moment.
Let’s strive to recognize the GOOD in our role models and apply those to our lives in order to be our best self.
Let’s strive to know when you need to take time for yourself in order to have the strength to treat others the way you’d like to be treated.
And lastly, let’s all realize that every single person is going through this same puzzle called life. We can EMPATHIZE with each and every person on earth because we are all simply striving to find what we believe is a balanced life.
How do you strive for life balance? Would love to get your idea listed below in the comments section! Leave a reply.