Whenever I start to get anxious, my fallback response is, “I need to find some balance.” When that went through my mind this morning, I stopped to think, “What do I really mean when I say that? What am I balancing?
For most of us, life is complex. Balance means that we try to give each part of our lives the appropriate attention. So, we balance:
work and home
family and community
alone time and social time
activity and rest
healthy eating and small indulgences
activities that require hard thinking and activities that allow our brains to rest
silence and noise
saving and spending
long-term goals and immediate needs
This isn’t even a complete list, but even this limited list shows why it’s so difficult to find balance. We’re just trying to balance too many things. Too many things call for our attention. As we get closer to Lent, I’ll be thinking about what I can let go, at least for a little while.