Finding balance is an act of maintaining grace in the ugly face of disappointing distractions in life. Sometimes you need to fall off the balance beam, regain your courage and hop back on, to finish the journey all the way to the end.
Homesteading is a balancing act on the worst of days – when your goat steps in the morning pan of milk, when the ducks eat their own eggs and your neighbor’s pigs know that the grass is definitely greener on the other side. On the best of days, nothing goes wrong and you have a chance to kick your feet up and relax, at least for a moment or two.
A city life requires a different kind of balance. Avoiding peak traffic and long lines at the coffee shop, racing through yellow lights and juggling time.
The choice is ours to make: city – country – suburb?! At times it is a confusing lot, but we must all find balance wherever we are.
Intentionally choosing a simple life does not exempt one from losing balance, but there are a multitude of ways to get back on track:
- Find beauty in the now. Forget about the past, know nothing of the future and live, laugh and love in this very moment. Time passes so quickly, be in the present and capture life as it unfolds.
- Strengthen your sense of gratitude. All too often we overlook the good things in our lives, which can be as simple as a birthday cake to share, a roof over our heads or just enough money to buy groceries through the next week. Gratitude comes in all shapes and sizes – define yours.
- Indulge. Sip a mug of organic coffee with a loved one or swirl a glass of biodynamic wine. Take time out for the extraordinary. It needn’t be big, but it is definitely best shared.
- Loosen up. Try to see a tough situation in another way, view it as an opportunity for change, the catalyst for moving forward. Release that tight grip on the wheel of life and let life catch up to you. Just because you let go doesn’t mean you will crash – it may just mean that you end up exactly where you were expected to go.
- Ban technology. Shut it off for a day or two, or as long as you are able. Instead of your television or computer telling you what to think, use your own mind to decide what to do.
- Create. Something. Anything. It doesn’t take research to tell you that the hands that move are the hands that do. Idle hands get bored easily, then the mind wanders into nowhere lands. Keep your mind active by engaging in crafting activities or writing, for the pleasure of creating something beautiful or useful.
- Take a walk. Explore local surroundings, see the good and the bad, put it somewhere in your memories for later when you crave the smell of lindens blooming under the hot sun. A mental image of places that have surrounded you do wonders for healing the soul.
- Explore your passion. In your spare time, on the weekends, whenever you get a chance to mentally be away from work, society and the daily grind – go out and discover your purpose in life. Set time for yourself to follow your passion, if you keep putting it off, sooner or later it will be too late.
Learn to live in the now, not as if today were your last, but as if today is the day that matters most.
Find solace in the ups and downs, discover equilibrium somewhere in the middle.