Balance Is the Key to Life

Counting down the final week of the Ultimate Blog Challenge for July – and here’s post #24. This is from a note I originally wrote on Facebook, but I thought I would share it here as well.


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You have probably heard many times that “balance is the key to life.” Too much activity can leave us tired and stressed – too little can make us bored and stressed in a different way. God, as the Master Creator, placed the desire to be creative in each of us, which is why we often need to change our surroundings and our activities. Yet sometimes we fear change – what a conundrum!


“There is a lot of creativity inside each of us that we need to tap into without fear. I think we often get into ruts. We do the same thing all the time even though we are bored with it because we are afraid of change.  *We would rather be safe and bored than excited and living on the edge.*

Some people stay in jobs or professions all their lives because what they are doing is safe. They may hate their jobs and feel completely unfulfilled, but the thought of doing anything else is frightening beyond words. Or maybe they do think and dream about a change, but their dreams will never manifest because they are afraid of failure.

I do not advocate jumping out in the middle of every ‘whim’ that comes along, but there is a definite time to step out of the ordinary and into new things. God has created you and me to need and crave diversity and variety. There is nothing wrong with us if we feel sometimes that we just need a change. On the other hand, if we can never be satisfied for very long no matter what we are doing, then we have the reverse problem.


*Balance is the key.*”


–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You” [Day October 11]


I am finding this is one of the most difficult parts of freelancing, which is often a “feast or famine” type of work situation. It’s easy to keep accepting more work in anticipation of the lean times, yet taking on too much definitely causes stress and creates a schedule that is WAY out of balance! You can’t really enjoy life that way.


How about you? Do you often find your life is out of balance? How do you find or maintain balance?



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6 comments to “Balance Is the Key to Life”

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  1. Missy Bell - July 24, 2013 Reply

    Very true. I tend to shut down when I get out of balance. I get so busy focusing on one thing that everything else get out if whack. Then I feel guilty and just want to do nothing. I have to say though, I’m getting much better at catching it before I get to that point by paying better attention to my thoughts and emotions.

    Thank you for sharing this.
    Missy Bell

  2. Shay - July 24, 2013 Reply

    I definitely agree! I feel the same way lately, but as for the challenge. I am excited that I have gotten to meet so many new people and read so many new blogs.

    But….as a freelancer, coach AND parent, it gets hard. This is so true!
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  3. AMummysLife - July 24, 2013 Reply

    I often find that I end up with too much on one end of the scale and not on the other some days. I really need to find some sort of balance between everything.
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  4. Tammy Doiel - July 24, 2013 Reply

    So true! I am working on this as well–and having to cut down on blogging so that I can keep the right priorities!
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  5. Amy - July 25, 2013 Reply

    Guilty. Karen, I’m stressed trying to finish the UBC, yet quite determined to do it! I feel a bit out of balance, but I’ll try to regain a little rest and relaxation in the next couple of days. It’s not worth it if you’re too stressed, right??
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  6. Steve Nicholas - July 26, 2013 Reply

    Great post, Karen! You are so right about the importance of finding a balance. I remember a class in seminary where we were talking about the subject of burnout, and we were also reminded that rust-out can be just as detrimental to any ministry. It also reminds me of the late, great Jim Rohn stressing that we should work during the appropriate time and not neglect our family or the rest of our life. This is where balance comes into play.
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