Monday, 3 January 2011

Balance? Only for the faint hearted

I purposely waited a few days before posting for 2011 - I'm trying on the new year for size......hmmm....seems a reasonable fit and hope it can withstand the wear and tear of a go getting lifestyle of a roller coasting diva!!

Falling down and getting up - that's balance

Over the years, I've been aiming for a life of balance - work/life, male/female, to be or not to be etc...
Now as the second decade of the millenium dawns I'm hoping for less balance and more focus.
Balance suggests a state of equilibrium but it's an unattainable aspiration -in the vein of marrying a tall, dark, handsome prince or frog. Seeking balance is akin to sitting on the fence - going nowhere fast and watching the world go by. So what's wrong with that?
Balance is living in the comfort zone. Balanced people are not progressive. They play safe and never throw caution to the wind. Successful entrepereneurs and high achievers are anything but balanced. They are obsessively ambitious; they live, breathe and dream the dream. They are not measured in their actions, they are trail blazers and path finders.

Find your Everest and conquer it
If their dream is to scale the highest mountain then that's what they do. If they want to break down barriers and push boundaries there's no stopping them. They do not follow balanced advice. History is littered with the heroes of recklessness and (some might say) irresponsibility: Florence Nightingale defied her father to nurse soldiers in the Crimea. Helen Keller defied doctors who told her parents that she would never lead a useful life as a blind and deaf person. Scott would have never have traversed the snowy wilds of the South Pole if he had been a "pipe and slippers" man.

Balance is unhealthy when it stops us taking risks. All of life is a risk of one kind or another.
Th is year my resolution is to be more of a risk taker. I want to test my mettle.....and why?.....because a balanced life is a life half lived.

Happy New Year!


At 5 January 2011 at 11:47 , Anonymous DMorg said...

Well, to me there are only two types; the unbalanced and the fakes.You either wake it or fake it. If you wake it you run the risk of being found out to be unbalanced. But, what the heck!
At least, when you reach the edge of a cliff- as we all do from time- you'll be better prepared and even if you fall over you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you didn't fake it. Thud!


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