The picture above was from last winter’s snow when we were sledding. It shows how we can go flying off our “saucers” while we are sledding. It so vividly displays what is on my mind today.
As women and especially as moms, it is easy to find ourselves out of balance in one area of our life or another; that is, if you are at all like me. What does balance mean? The definition of balance is “keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall”. Does steady describe most of your life? Finding balance in life is an important and attainable goal. When life feels out of control it is often because we are not aligned with God’s priorities for our lives.
Balance brings harmony to ourselves and those around us. How do we accomplish balance?
1. Discover what your priorities are. Are they God-centered? Spend time in prayer and ask Him what He desires you to have as your priorities. Each person’s list will look somewhat different. If something does not align with your priorities, you will know it is time to say “no”.
2. Organize! Have a schedule. Children find much security in a scheduled life knowing what they can expect at a given time in a given day. Plan time for God and yourself in your daily schedule. Don’t allow someone else’s poor planning to become your emergency or priority.
3. Flexibility. With young children, this one is especially vital! Accept that unplanned and necessary things will pop up in your day. Relax your standards. Things don’t have to be perfect!
4. Daily, Weekly, Monthly Routines. Make sure this includes taking care of your emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical health. This not only includes yourself but those you are responsible for. If you have a spouse and family talk this over with your family and come up with your plan of action.
5. Support networks. Having friends is vital to having balance in one’s life. Friends that will keep you accountable. Friends that have common priorities. Friends that love you even when life gets difficult.
6. Simplicity. Simplify your furnishings in your house. Simplify your schedule. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Cut things out of your life that you find draining, if possible. Realize that your worth is not found in how many things you do or how busy you are but in how rich and meaningful your life is.
I’d love to hear from you; my readers! How do you achieve balance in your life?