Saturday, 4 June 2011

Balance – some closing thoughts

Better learn balance. Balance is key. Balance good, karate good. Everything good.
Balance bad, better pack up, go home.
Mr Miyagi - Karate Kid
I started the week with this quote and I’ve repeated it here as I do sincerely believe that it sums up balance; be it karate or coding if you don’t sort out how to balance the various forces that act on you then you can quickly find things overwhelming you and it can be difficult to get yourself back on an even keel.

In the posts I tried to focus on the biggest factors I felt affect us all with one exception money.  The reason I didn’t mention money is that it really should just be a hygiene factor, it can have a very obvious effect if you aren’t receiving any as it will throw you completely out of balance until it is rectified but I am assuming that if you have the time to read my posts money issues are unlikely to be your main concern.
In the course of these posts I’ve tried to show aspects of balance in relating to family, socialising, work and tech they are things that you face day-in-day out and offered some thoughts on how you can handle certain situations to help you maintain balance in your life but there is no secret or magic formulae to keep yourself in balance between the various demands on your time, you simply have to work at it and be mindful of anything that threatens to unbalance you.
So do I live a perfectly balanced life? No.  Unless you’re a saint without the pressures of modern living things will go wrong but I believe, as in a lot of things in life, it is knowing you’re out of balance and how you deal with rectifying the situation that matters.
Quite often you can see issues coming towards you, like waves in the ocean, the hard part is working out how to handle the issue before you get thrown out of balance and wipe out.
As Frank Herbert said “There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves”

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