Dayton Kingery — The Benefits of Balance
We often hear and read about the importance of balance in our lives — work/life; nutritional restraints/letting go; procurement/relaxation; self-care/helping others, etc. — but how do we implement these into our lives in reality? While ‘balance’ means something different to each person, the best way to achieve real and lasting balance in all aspects of our lives is to work on that which is not a natural priority.
For example, a fitness teacher will tend to focus much more on attaining a balance in their relationship with food more than a financier. A self-help coach will likely be more focused on balancing how they care for themselves against helping others more than a dentist.
But here is the real secret. Every single person in every walk of life should be trying to figure out (on some level) how to balance all of these things in their lives. And it is actually the people whose career does not focus on one of the specifics who should be making more time for them. In other words, it is the accountant who should be thinking about why nutrition has not, to date, played an important part in their lives and why they have not made healthy food a priority. And those in the medical industry — often so overworked — should take a step back and look at why they have not made themselves a priority and how they go about doing that.
Ultimately, creating and maintaining balance is important in every single walk of life, irrespective of one’s particular focus. The more attention one gives to one area, the more they need to lighten up on that and focus on a part of life they have not focused on until now. That is the only way that true balance can be achieved, which ultimately brings a much greater level of serenity — and indeed success — to one’s everyday life.