Tonight I was having dinner with a friend of mine who is a business professor at a prestigious graduate school. While the guys grilled the steaks, she and I wandered around my studio with our glasses of wine. We stopped in front a my wall of dreamboards – a series of collages embodying my intentions month by month. When we got to one that said “Do Less,” she sighed a little and said, “Tell me this Rachelle, do you think someone can ever get all their ducks in a row?” My reply? “Not if you have too many ducks.”
Getting our ducks in a row. Getting a handle on things. Doing less. It’s all a part of our every and on-going attempt to find balance. Balance, you see, is not a solid state. It’s fluid. You have to keep making small adjustments to keep it. If you remain perfectly stagnant, you fall down.
So here are some tips about balance. Most of them are from Balance Week at Jamie Ridler Studios. (Thanks Jamie, for the round up.) Why not click around and see if you (and your ducks) can find some ying to your yang.
- Think you can’t find balance until you get enough done to sit still? Not necessarily. Danette Relic of The Drawing Board reminds us that “balance is what happens when we are in motion.” Find her advice about balance and The Dance of Choice here.
- Annabel Fitzsimmons of Clear Space also came by Jamie Ridler’s studio for Balance week and reminded us in her post that balance can look different from one day to the next.
“Today, balance for me meant taking 20 minutes to journal at the end of the day and grabbing a cuddle with my husband after taking care of a sick newborn and toddler on three hours sleep. But tomorrow balance might be going out for a 5km run, pitching an article, writing a press release, teaching a couple of classes and returning all my outstanding phone calls.”
- Living in another culture often teaches us new lessons about lifestyle and balance. So here’s What the Danes Taught Me About Balance. I’ve also been writing a lot about living with fewer ducks, which is an important part of balance keeping. You can learn How to Choose the Essentials with me, which will help a lot. Then follow along with my series on wellness and balance posts, The DO LESS Revolution. The DO LESS Revo is back on line this Friday, continuing on the first Friday of each month. Come learn along with us.
May you have peace, calm, and balance in your life this week. Shalom!
Rachelle Mee-Chapman is a soulcare specialist, writer, and mother-of-several. With roots in Seattle, she’s now living the the ex-pat life in Copenhagen, Denmark. You can find her at Magpie Girl, follow her at Twitter, or friend her at Facebook. Thanks for being here!
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