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Life As A Balancing Act

Here is a definition of the word “BALANCE” as a verb: keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall.  

Here is a definition of “BALANCE” as a noun: an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.

All of us have many, many responsibilities and the number/intensity of these responsibilities will vary with the different phases of our lives.  Those with younger children still living at home will probably need to “balance” more than the older, retired people that do not need to balance the needs of their children with their own professional and personal obligations.

It is very important to be able to balance the activities/responsibilities you have with the time needed to focus on your own health and happiness.  If you are spending pretty much every waking moment focusing on your children, spouse, elderly parents, extended relatives and other important people in your world, this creates a negative balance in that you are not spending an equal amount of time focusing on “You”.

Now, focusing on the “balancing act” in your own life:  Are you balancing the time spent focusing on your occupation/business vs. the time spent relaxing, exercising, stress reducing, pursuing healthy activities etc?  Take a step back and truly self-evaluate this balancing act.  Personally, after my first heart procedure several years ago, I looked into the mirror at the hospital I was staying overnight after the angioplasty.  Here is what I saw:  An elderly looking dude with one arm sporting an intravenous line and the other hand was working on the keyboard of my computer refilling medications for patients, returning e-mails that were sent to me that day by my staff and then dialing the phone numbers of patients that had left messages for me to call them back.  At that point I fully realized that my “balancing act” of work vs.“me time” was really unhealthy and I was in need of rebalancing.  This led to me placing my 35 year medical practice for sale.

Please evaluate your own “Balancing Act” and if you feel this is health-positive, then keep your act going without change.  However, if you conclude that this is an unhealthy balance, then take the necessary steps to correct this.  Without good balance, we will all fall down.

And here is a song with so many different types of singers, that the balance was interesting to watch and listen to….Here is “We Are The World”

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