A Different Kind of Balance
Balance is often thought of as moderation, being neither too much of this nor too little of that. In this sense, balance is wise. Balance is safe. Balance keeps us even.
What if, however, that’s not the kind of balance I now need?
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” (Albert Einstein in a letter to his son, as quoted in Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson, p. 367)
For much of my life, I’ve tried to balance my tendency toward impulsiveness by cultivating patience. Perhaps for this reason, I’ve always been drawn to mindfulness and meditation, both in theory and practice. My middle-school hero was Star Trek’s Spock and his cool control of emotions, and I practiced keeping my impulses and emotions in check. I got pretty good at it.
Mindfulness is now integral to my life, something I would never give up. There are times, however, when I wonder if I need a different kind of balance, one that allows for both mindfulness and moments of creative impulsivity. Not a middle ground, but an expansion to include more possibilities. A balance that requires me to keep moving.
Is there an area in your life in which you need a different kind of balance?