Understanding Your Daily Focus
Balance is something that seems further and further out of reach these days when you look at the time required for work, play, and yourself. It can feel like your battery gets drained, and never fully recharges. Personally, part of finding balance has come from realizing that there are a lot of things I was devoting time to that I actually didn’t like but rather felt obligated to do. I am not talking about the essentials like work, cleaning, and basic life maintenance, but rather the things I thought brought me joy that did not, or maybe they once did, but have since stopped doing so.
I don’t think it’s possible to solve this problem like it’s
a static math equation. The answer is always changing, and it means staying in
front of it and getting clever, learning to see the signs informing us that
things are no longer going well, and having the resources and support to
confront those things and make the changes we need to make. In this week’s
Daily Focus, we’ll explore what it takes to find balance in an increasingly
Saturday, January 22
“Balance is a feeling derived from being whole and
complete; it’s a sense of harmony. It is essential to maintaining quality in
life and work.” –Joshua Osenga
At its most basic, balance brings a sense of completion.
This means that looking at what’s missing can lead you to the places where you
still need to focus. Take a look at what you’re longing for and ask yourself if
you’re really spending enough time and energy meeting your own needs.
Sunday, January 23
“Balancing on a rope requires skill, steady feet, a
steady mind, and a sense of weight control. As you can see, the act of
balancing consists of several things. Some of these things may be small but at
the same time necessary to put the act together.” –Ginel Love
Just as a real balancing act requires focusing on even the small steps and motions, real-life requires something similar. It’s not enough to just carve out the time and hope for the best. We are always changing, and so are our needs. Just as the tightrope walker moves on muscle memory, we move through life. But every night on stage is different and requires focus, and we must also pay attention to our own small cues, keep our feet steady under us, and make adjustments as we go.
Monday, January 24
“Examples of balance can be found everywhere, even in
those places where you least expect them.” –Dr. Patrizia Collard
Part of finding what works for you will be letting go of
preconceived notions about what balance looks like. There are a lot of people
living unorthodox lifestyles, doing things against the grain, and coming out
with nothing but joy. You are allowed to make your own rules for your life,
family, and journey. If something isn’t working, try asking yourself if you
really need to be doing it, rather than if you can do it better.
Tuesday, January 25
“Self-care is, fundamentally, about bringing balance
back to a life that has grown imbalanced from too many commitments or
responsibilities.” –Robyn L. Gobin
Self-care is a huge aspect of balance. It’s not the only aspect, but it’s the one that we often have the most control over. But what does self-care actually look like? I always picture bubble baths, which is absurd because I don’t even like baths! But we often have an image in our minds about what should be helpful, even when it’s not. Sometimes self-care is paying bills to relieve anxiety, sometimes it’s playing video games to do the same. Everyone is different, and each day brings different needs.
Wednesday, January 26
“Getting in balance is not so much about adopting
new strategies to change your behaviors, as it is about realigning yourself in
all of your thoughts so as to create a balance between what you desire and how
you conduct your life on a daily basis.” –Wayne Dyer
Start small. Look at the things you’re already doing and
make small adjustments. Give yourself an extra 30 minutes in bed to read, take
the long drive to work for the scenery, cut the Netflix binge short for more
sleep. There are hundreds of little things we can try each day.
Thursday, January 27
“Part of this balance means not missing out on
some of the marvels of life around you, the fun, some excitement, or other
challenges in life.” –Catherine Pulsifer
Adding in moments of self-care and joy is important but so is rising to meet a challenge. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone will broaden your horizons. Even if it doesn’t work out, you will have a better understanding of your own needs.
Friday, January 28
“Imagine what it would mean if you added positive
levels of loyalty, communication, play, forgiveness, unconditional love, a
positive attitude, and balance in your life!” –Garry
Connection with others, communication, and play are all important parts of balance. It’s not just about finding time to fit in all the work you need to do, alongside other obligations, it’s about creating space within those moments for the magic to happen.
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