Stressed out, morbidly obese, chain smokers, lurch onwards, caffeine hit in one hand, eyes fixated on at least one mobile attachment, sound cancelling headphones tuning out humanity, whilst apparently oblivious to both the immediate and significant chance of imminent demise via vehicle impact or heart attack!
As a culture we seem to have reached a tipping point, a point where peak progress as defined by the label Success has been breeched, and we are now staring alarmingly at the return regressive journey.
In the language of imported sports commentary, we need a Time Out! A life that is out of kilter with our holistic needs and values is a life destined to be unfulfilled. Sometime back it was quaint to listen to those we perhaps considered washed up misfits, regaling us of tales of Life Balance choices or Seachange decisions.
In the blink of an eye, it would appear a whole generation is now in need of a Seachange. Our smorgasbord of pursuits inclusive, career, family, physical and mental health, fitness, hobbies, spiritual identity, travel, contribution and a myriad assortment of weird and wonderful predilections seemingly compete for limited space.
Life balance is rarely a state we fortunately stumble in to. It takes a conscious effort to weigh up the almost infinite number of directions open to us. We can all be, do and have almost anything that we pursue with passion and consistency, but….and here’s the rub we can’t do, be and have it all!
Is there some magical elixir that we can take to save us hurtling backwards into the black hole of regret? One thought is that we could jump off the merry go round of our life and take a moment to make a top ten list of our values. That which matters most to us.
There can be profound merit in considering how aligned our life is to our highest values, which obviously can’t be done unless we are actually consciously aware of what these values are.
At the risk of stating the obvious, if we place family as one of our dominant values but rate health inclusive perpetual stress and physical well being as inconsequential, something eventually has to give, the probability we won’t be around for that long.
Life Balance is a choice, it starts with an appreciation of what we really cherish and an equal consideration of the consequence of losing it. That stark moment of clarity can be a tipping point of immeasurable value.
La Vie est Bonne!