Balancing Act

The pursuit of happiness in life must come with balance.  There has to be a balance and peace found in all areas of life. 

Balance between…

~work and play

~devotion and letting go 

~focussing and relaxing the mind

~indulging and denying

I have come to realize that finding this balance is difficult.  I feel pulled in different directions at times and lose track of the simplest truth…that life is good and happiness is found from within!  I have also realized that whatever path I take…in this case the area of living a healthier lifestyle…it must be one that I can stay on for the rest of my life.  So with every Yin, there is always a Yang.  There has to be. 

Sometimes finding balance means you have to take some time to really focus on change.  Change is scary, but necessary to move forward.   With every scary life experience there is so much to learn about yourself and life.  Be present in that knowledge and don’t let it pass you by.

Don’t beat yourself up when you aren’t getting the results you think you should be.  Focus on the changes that are happening in your life.  Because if you truly change, results have to happen.  It’s inevitable. 

Positive in, Positive out (and vise-versa)!

Personally, I don’t want to live a life that is wrapped up in guilt when I do indulge. Because life is meant to be enjoyed and savoured.  I have clear goals in place. They are tangible and achievable, but must also be sustainable in the end. 

I am truly thankful for recent insights into life.  I am also thankful for friendships that are built on true acceptance, love, and support.  It’s important to surround yourself with a support system that not only brings you up when you are down, but who will also challenge you when life gets confusing and you have lost your way.

I recently had a moment of total self-acceptance and while I’ve had these little moments before, they are usually few and far between. 

As I stood in the mirror picking apart my flaws as I do from time to time, I actually stopped myself and accepted the fact that I’m flawed and imperfect and it brought a huge smile to my face.  Who isn’t?!

I looked up imperfect in the dictionary.  It means “lacking completeness”.  I am complete, so I’m going to drop that one. 🙂

I hope you find balance in all areas of your life, and that peace will come to you as a result.  Surround yourself with support, love, and always give more than you take.

From my ever-expanding heart to yours!

Christine

9 thoughts on “Balancing Act

  1. This lifted a huge weight off my shoulders and brought a beaming smile to my face….today I did indulge! I ate a chocolate bar and popcorn with my kids while watching a movie with them and I made forts and tickled instead of working out and picking myself apart. Thank you Christine! Today I did balance and it felt amazing

  2. I did the same thing tonight Linda. We had a family movie night complete with popcorn and chocolate. It felt so good to enjoy each other’s company and to not worry about anything for a couple hours. We were just together as a family, and there is nothing better than that. I’m so glad you did the same. You are a great Mom and should never feel guilt when enjoying time with your kids. Love you!

  3. Oh Christine, you have just hit my sore spot. I have always struggled with balance, and now that I have three kids, the days fly by and most days when I kiss them goodnight, I realize I have not enjoyed them today as I have been too busy doing other stuff. It scares me that the days go by too quickly and they grow too fast!! I love that you looked up imperfect, as I do feel that about myself, however, I do feel complete!! Thank you for posting these, you make me want to be a better person and enjoy life!!

  4. Jackie babe, I totally understand where you are coming from. I “get” you. You don’t have to say a word. I feel ya sister. You are an incredible Mom and I have nothing but respect for you.

  5. Indulgence is an important part of life… To allow ourselves to indulge from time to time helps to rebalance the pendulum … To me, indulgence comes in so many forms and thankfully lately, it hasnt been all food… Some of it was way more time than usual with great friends, too many glasses of wine, obsessive amounts of time in the gym, more shopping than I probably should have done… I am starting to feel centered again, but in a different happier way! Thanks for posting this Christine… As you know, it hits home for me this month! I love reading your blog… It often seems like you were digging in my scrambled brain and putting my thoughts into words and giving my scrambles an identity and importance! Loves to you!

  6. Wow! Christine you are amazing! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us all. I too struggle with “balance” in my life. When it comes to food, working out, spending time with my kids, and everything else really!

    Your words today made me realize to just stop and think about it all.

    Jackie and Linda and Christine-You are all amazing moms and friends! I am so sad that I left Alberta because I miss you all soooo much however to think positively…I am so glad I got the chance to have met and become friends with you. I have gained so much strength and happiness in my life because of you ladies. You ladies rock! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see you all this Spring sometime!

  7. wow you have all summed it up!! Thank you Christine , because of this I am going to have a day with my kids and start accepting that i too am flawed and its ok!! <3<3 you all!

    here is a great quote for you christine and megan
    "when one door f happiness closes another one open, often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one which has opened for us" Helen Keller

    when I went through my "RCMP" era and ended up moving up here, I found this quote and it seriously helped me to realize to learn to embrace the change…….. and when i have days that I am struggling with it, I go and read my plaque on the wall!

    Hope you ladies all have a fantastic day!!

  8. I feel like I had achieved a certain level of balance with one child but now that Emily has arrived on the scene, most of the time I feel like I’m tipping too far in one direction. I’m not doing a very good job of keeping on top of all the different parts of my life… something has to go so that the others can be better, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. I’m just going to keep chanting “positive in, positive out”for a while, and hope the answer makes itself known!

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