Part of living a lovely life is living a balanced life. What makes for a balanced life? When we spend an equal or close to an equal amount of time engaging in all parts of our lives. It usually consists of family, friends, work, play (free time), self-love + self-care, and education. People who live a “balanced” life tend to be more happy, healthy and fulfilled.
I know about not living a balanced life too well. For years in my 20’s, I struggled with it. And I think we all do at some point. Even then, I knew I needed more balance in my life. I was focusing too much on work and not enough on what really mattered to me and would keep me grounded – friends, family and self-care. Thankfully, I’ve now learned lots of tips on how to have a more balanced life.
A friend recently recommended the book, Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, about the art of living. I stumbled upon the (below) text in it and found it really eye-opening. It’s a great reminder to do your best work, then take a step back:
Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
I’d love to know – how do you stay balanced in your life?