Friday, October 06, 2006
Surfing life's waves...
I'll be running to airports, fixated on email and trying to squeeze in good sleep and a little exercise. I eat too.
I'll also support my 16 year old daughter, who is performing as the opening act for Cara Luft (of the Wailing Jennies) at a show next week; get the house ready for winter; spend time with friends and family; keep an eye on the news, particularly the US elections... and try to do some reading and writing.
Maybe this pace sounds normal for some of you (Dimitri comes to mind). I'm a busy person, but sometimes wonder how I get in deeper than I really want to.
Here's a question: how do you find balance in your life?
I find if it take some time to retreat to my own solitude for a while, it recharges the batteries. It doesn't have to be for very long, but having just myself for company for a while helps to rebalance things. I think it's as necessary as sleep or food.
is to get up early before anyone
- drink chai alone and blog or
read or sit on the porch.
How cool that your daughter already is an opening act! Way to go girl! Does she live iwth you in the co housing community?
btw..the balance part probably happens when you have enough downtime to deal with the busy other compartments in your life..so,what would you do for a down time?
I admire how busy you are (and yes even Dimitri).
Congrats on the contracts and the kid. Hang tight, you will be fine.
The busy people somehow find all the time to do all the things...balance comes naturally to them...the lazy find it most difficult to find this balance rather they even find difficult to live everyday...so don't worry my friend...the balance will find you..you do not go for it.
So, is your daughter performing solo or as part of a group? That's pretty neat.
I really resonate with Sophie's suggestion and am finding a quiet hour alone each morning to be very nurturing.
Madcap - somehow your sternest face is still gentle!
Vee - my daughter plays piano and sings, her own songs mostly. She's performed publically about 5 times now and is getting a good response. I love her songs - we hope to record some over the next few months.
But the quest for balance depends more on whether you like what you do or not, hence “ Are your consulting assignments types of work which is a pleasure” ?, if so then it becomes your leisure and balance becomes irrelevant, it can also be spiritual,mind enriching experience, combined with regular contact with your family in balanced lifestyle choice.
If only some of the assignments fit that category , then you have the option to abandon those that do not fit the bill. If its chore, then I guess it's important to seek ways to enrich these experiences further !
Time is the gift we all receive, I think its important to use it wisely to shape a balanced life, with families, work and leisure.
Furthermore that time encompasses the spiritual, the mind and the physical. Each is co dependant upon the other, but they can also often operate simultaneously in our creative endeavours.
"A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American author and philosopher.
it is impossible to balance an elephant with a feather, unless you use a very small elephant and a really big feather.
Ian, I would add that a fish cannot eat a tree without the moon shining green on a pencil. Agree?
I'm also going to try out a new routine in the morning, getting up half an hour earlier than I use to so that I can do some meditation before I face the tourists at work..
I hope you find YOUR balance, Gary..
Nerdine, I meditate every morning before our house is awake - let me know how it goes for you.
Blessings to your daughter for her performance!
You, on the other hand, seem very much balanced out my friend. I admire that in you!!