Balance: an aesthetically pleasing integration of elements; mental and emotional steadiness.
Balance is key. I’ll go ahead and say it: I’m naturally an unbalanced person. Reassuring, isn’t it? It’s just how I am. It’s not my parents fault, not the school systems fault, not society’s fault, it’s just the way I am, how I’m wired, and it’s a wonderful gift. It has given me the opportunity to learn and grow. What do I mean when I say I’m unbalanced? Well, for example, I can wake up any day and either be KING of the world or I can be a complete and utter piece of crap who may die at any moment. I’m dramatizing a bit, but you get my point. The good news is, I have done a lot of work on myself and I have much better days today.
On the days I feel like the everyday ‘balanced’ man, life is good but not too good. I’m a worker among workers. I’m even-steven. How do I find balance? I ask for HELP. I gain acceptance of what is. Here goes the new age talk about asking a Higher source of energy for help. Well, don’t knock it till you try it. What do you have to lose? I simply ask to “please help me see the truth today, help me find balance today, help me find peace today”.
Notice I squeeze in the word ‘today’…not this week or this month…just today. Why? So I don’t forget! I have to ask for help each day, I can’t just throw a “balance blanket” over my life! When I ask for balance, life is good. Life is simple.
How does finding balance help with creativity? Well, I think it’s safe to say that the majority of our days (while awake) aren’t jam packed with what you love doing. We all have to work, pay bills, clean house, drive in traffic, commute on a dirty bus or train…the list goes on. These necessary duties can suck up a lot of time. They can drag that creative spirit down, down, down. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Assignment: I challenge you to make the mundane fun.
At the start of your day, make a list of things you have to do and add a creative spin to each one. For example, here is what a list of mine might look like:
– Commute to work / Listen to a new audio book
– Work / Explore creative ways to organize office
– Call Verizon to change cell phone plan / Use a British accent
– Pay bills / Write an inspiring quote on a post-it note to include with payment
– Cleaning house / Listen to a new playlist on iPod
Sounds silly? Do it anyway. Find the balance in your life, despite what your critic may say. That’s right, I’m sure your critic is piping up, saying this is a dumb waste of time. Thank your critic and suggest they go take a nap, then get busy!