We hear of achieving ‘Balance” and “Life-work balance” but is balance really what we want to achieve?
Isn’t balance a fixed word implying no motion? It represents equilibrium, a flat line. Look at scales. What happens when they are balanced? Nature and life exhibit motion, direction and cycles of life so why would we try to achieve something that just has no motion present? There is a saying by BJ Palmer, “life is motion and motion is life”. So by the time we achieve balance in our bodies we have expired.
Is balance healthy for an organization or business?
Is a business growing or are you growing if in balance or is it when we are slightly off balance? When I think of balance I think of coasting along. Life is about some level of friction or resistance. It is how we discern our environment such as with color, smell, texture, temperature, activity, sound. For example the presence of our blood pressure indicates we have a lack of balance as the pressure is a result of the pumping action of the heart meeting the resistance of the walls of the vascular tree. To discern temperature we need two differing points to compare. That means it is not balanced.
Harmony expresses something different – it represents a synchronous dance between tense and relaxed moments.
It really is this congruous, compatible thought, feeling and behavior. Harmony in music comes from the organization, timing and placing of notes (& rests) to create order. This can be applied in sports, business, families, communities.
Harmonized groups may and most likely do exhibit friction but in a way or at a level that works.
With inner harmony is it achieved when we are in the moments of peace and contentment? When we’re aware of our self? Is balance maintainable? Or is it easier to dance and harmonize between the easy and tough times? How’s your life-work balance working out for you? Aren’t you actually thinking about what you do not have or need to get which means we are in fact not in balance? Life-work harmony encompasses the mindfulness of moving energy to/from one are of life to another.
I don’t know if anyone ever can attain balance. How about you, what do you think?