The Fine Balance of Life

The Fine Balance of Life

As life passes from day to day, we get caught up in the business of creating a life for ourselves. Earning enough to live comfortably and take care of the ones we love. And from in the middle of all that striving sometimes it’s easy to forget the things that mean the very most in our lives.

Once we’ve taken care of the essentials, for most of us the most important thing in our lives isn’t the car we drive or the square footage of the house we live in or the designer labels yelling out from our clothing. It’s the other people we share our lives with.

Greatest impacts

When you think about it, what made the greatest impacts on your life? The things you got or the things you did? Most people would answer, experiences. Times we shared with others.

Who are the people who stand out most in your memory? We’d be willing to bet it’s the ones who helped you in some way, along the way. Which means the people you impacted most were most likely the ones you helped.

The balance between give and take

Life is a fine balance between give and take. On the take side, are people who have helped us. Given us letters of recommendation. Introduced us to others who could benefit us. Paid for a year of our tuition. As we go through life, we balance that against the give side. All the people we in our turn, have helped.

The people who helped us and the ones we were able to help are the ones who make the house of our lives a home. We don’t give and take because we are keeping score or out of obligation. We do it out of a true desire to help. Because it makes us feel good. Because we can.

Feel Down? Help Someone Else Feel Better!

Feel Down? Help Someone Else Feel Better!

Ever get to feeling like nothing is going right in your life? Like you’re in a rut professionally. Things aren’t much better personally. Getting out of bed seems like a chore you’d rather not face.

 

Stuck in a funk

All of us get into a funk sometimes, and we try all sorts of things to alleviate it. Exercise helps. So does paying attention to your diet, adding more natural foods and subtracting the processed stuff. Meditation can help us get out of our heads. Better sleep can help us cope. Learning new things opens our eyes to potential.

 

Exercise, mediation, diet, sleep are all great. They are also all inwardly focused. Sometimes the best way to make ourselves feel better is to forget about ourselves altogether and make someone else our priority.

 

Help someone else, help yourself

Life is full of seeming contradictions. Like the more you give the richer you feel. And the more love you share the more love you have to share. Counter intuitive as it may seem at first, the act of helping someone else feel better, will boomerang right back and also make you feel better.

 

There is something about getting out of our heads and our problems and focusing on someone else that gives us a new perspective on the things getting us down.