So, for a Klutz, that title at first sounds a bit ambitious. I saw a piece that I wrote about 5 years ago. It talked about accomplishing goals except for balance. But now looking back, it seems that has been accomplished, and replaced. It is now Grace that seek.
Though life is wonderful right now, there is always room for better; to do better, be better, work better. And faith. Even when my faith is short, somehow prayers get me through. When I am frazzled and worried with family, work, career, and just life in general. While it seems that I have mastered the art of balance (at least for the most part), I am still ever chasing that illusive Grace. (Yes, I know I am a klutz).
Sharing space and a home together with my boyfriend, as we start a new life, so to speak. Making plans to build a life together, step by step, one heartbeat at a time. It has been a long while since someone else has lived in my house. It has made me aware of so many wonderful things, including the need for Grace in every day life. To give more, be more kind, be more loving, be more patient, than ever. Because your home should be sanctuary, should be where you are protected and loved and where things are sacred. But it takes work when you are frazzed after a long day of tasks, or after a 4 hour total commute in traffic.
And it is faith that helps me remember Grace. Yes, even for a klutz, Grace is possible. And I find that I have more and more every single day, as I explore and strengthen my faith.
You can still be passionate, still stand up for that which you believe. You simply do not have to be ugly about it. Imagine what the world would be like if more people aspired to have Grace?
Imagine just what politics would be like if more people practiced Grace? No more name calling, or comparing hands, or arguments. Just kind discussion. Well, a girl can dream right?
Here is the original post form 5 years ago that started me thinking today:
Time, Energy and Balance
At the end of last year, I made a goal board. It had several things on it that I wanted to accomplish for 2011 – exercise, travel, balance, love, laughter, a great pair of shoes and peace. So far everything has fallen into place and every day, inch by inch, baby step by baby step, I am getting closer to meeting those goals. The hardest one, the one that seems could be the most illusive is balance.
There are so many things to do, that needs to be done, that I want to do, that I should do, that sometimes it is overwhelming. And I get stressed and irritable. There are meetings, phone calls, outings, projects, laundry,working out, friends, family, pets and life. All calling my name, all wanting time, all needed a piece of me. I makes lists so I can keep track of tasks and feel a sense of accomplishment as I cross them off.
I know how to work hard, I know how to accomplish a great deal of things, but somehow the balance escaped me sometimes .. And I struggle to get it back. I write for a living, but sometimes I am so busy living that do not have time to write and that is when I feel most off balance. And as I scramble to get everything done and accomplished. I have been frazzled, I have been careless, I have been exhausted.
Maybe the secret to balance is not to speed up and get everything done, but to take a moment (or three) and prioritize. And at the top of the list? ME. I have to remember to take care of myself if I am going to be able to be balanced AND cross things off the to -do list. Sometimes to accomplish balance, once must take pause and be still.
So I take a breath. And another. And another. And soon the moment passes. And as I make my way through the list and tasks, I take a breath. And then another. Maybe balance is something we strive for, always working on it, never ceasing to reach for it. Maybe just as our lives are liquid and always a work in progress, so is our balance…Or maybe i just need a vacation.