“No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in our mind. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.”
– Louise L. Hay
It seems to me that these two words might work against each other, what I am finding is the balance within the busyness. I don’t promote busy, I do promote being aligned with who we are. Some days are busy for me and some less. Last week was a very busy week, a lot of meetings, full schedule and a big workload in a small amount of time. I am enjoying working and especially working with others focused on a life changing mission, as well as pushing myself and finding balance in the midst of it all. The definition of balance changes day to day for me, yet it always holds to being compassionate to myself and to others.
“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.”
– Brian Tracy
It’s definitely not perfect. I was not able to get gym time or dance time, some days not much me time, and I got to interact with some amazing and caring people. I was able to have new experiences, find my center again and again as I got swept away with the day. I was able to watch myself in a new way of focusing on the heart throughout the entire day. I was able to be present when I went to Whole Foods on my lunch and a homeless gentleman with a warm smile asked me to please pick him up a piece of pizza, and I said, “Sure what kind?” He wanted pepperoni. Funny part is all the other pizzas were ready except for that one, so being present again, I decided to wait. How often does he get just what he wants? He smiled big and said thank you when I gave it to him and said, “Fresh out of the oven.” That filled my heart, and brought me back to my center, the reason for being, which is kindness in my book.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein
It truly is an ebb and flow. Some days are wild, some not as much, knowing that I will rest when I can and take care of me through it all. I could feel myself get frustrated in Los Angeles traffic, so I thought, Just breathe. I smiled internally at my nutty self and my thoughts, and I was able to relax into it and turn up the radio and rock out while waiting. As I would surrender to what was happening in the moment I could see the blessings, I could see the humanness of a person with a busy schedule and I could laugh.
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
– Thomas Merton
Another fun story, I went to pick up dinner one night, after a long day, the traffic, parking space search, and finally getting into the busy restaurant I ordered and waited. They messed up on my order and people were coming and going, I wanted to cry! Thank God, the owner was amazing, brought me a margarita, a gift card, and made it right. As I was leaving and still had a mostly full margarita and didn’t want to waste it I asked a couple of ladies waiting if they wanted it. One of the ladies said, “Yes, please. That’s the nicest thing someone has done for me in a long time.” It’s really those moments… those sweet moments that make it all good. How many times do we miss those when we get caught up in our stories of busyness or how we want it to be a certain way and not flowing with how it is? I know for me, to many times, I don’t want to miss it anymore. It brings balance to my life, and a smile to my soul.
“Extremes are easy. Strive for balance.”
– Colin Wright
My last story for this blog and of my past week really touched my heart and brought it all together. We met with the teens at the Boys & Girls Clubs. They presented a Thank You to a generous funder and big supporter of the club. Some of the teens had been going to the club for over 9 years. As they presented and talked about their involvement in the club and what it has done for their life- the community outreach, the snow cone fundraisers to support their leadership activities, to how it feels like a second home to them- I could see the impact and the heart of this kind of work. I continue to learn from them. Their courage to speak up, dedication to leadership, community care, and watching out for each other.
I am still a work in progress, and that’s OK with me. What I’m learning is to be present, to catch the beauty in everyday life, and to be on purpose. I don’t do it perfectly, and that’s ok, I’m human, I am more aware and that feels good.
“Life is about balance, and we all have to make the effort in areas that we can to enable us to make a difference.”
– Orlando Bloom