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Nourish Me Wealthy

 
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Inspired By: A Heart so Full, it Could Burst

I’ve lived long enough, and read enough, to know that finding balance is a tough act.  Some claim it’s impossible, others search their entire lives to find it.  For me, it’s simply about paying attention to your body, and understanding what you might be feeling as a deficiency. 

It’s been almost 15 years since I have called my parent’s home, home.   Since college, I’ve been the kind of responsible person many parents wish for their child—earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees, moved into my own apartment (parents building a home without extra bedrooms, doesn’t exactly welcome a carload home), worked diligently at exceling in my career, met my life partner, married, bought the house, had the kids, and am living happily ever after….not exactly. 

What’s life if not a slap in the face on occasion? I’ve only just begun to learn some tough lessons in life, but all have poised me for growth.  I think the fourth decade of life is a time of that; you may finally understand struggle and pain, have admitted your shortfalls/identified your strengths and used them to your advantage—you can truly claim to know something about the world, and make a stamp on it.   Yet, when you’re hundreds of miles away from the very people that helped shape your foundation, you can get a little lonely.   You might even start to feel out of balance, as if a taste of that part of your memory could help you even the scales (it was about 20 years and not quite half my lifetime spent with those people, afterall). 

As my birthday approached this year, and my husband asked me “what would you like to do for your birthday?” rather than hope he would read my mind and sweep me off my feet for some big surprise, I helped him plan a gathering at our home with many of the people I love, including far away family, friends new and old, and beautiful children.  Let me tell you, not an ounce of the day felt like work (that’s just me, because I barely lifted a finger).  While my husband recouped the entire next day, I felt supercharged to do the house chores, set intentions for the week, and tackle the big work projects first.   I didn’t sit down until 9pm, yet I felt great!  This is not because I’m in perfect balance, but because I fed a piece of my soul that was becoming a smaller and smaller part of my existence.  

Some weeks will seem like I can’t get enough work time in and I’m happy for Monday to “hand them over.”  Others, I yearn to reunite with my children’s imaginations and do more than just check-in with my husband.  Some weeks I kill the workout routine, and others, I’ve best-to-worst devoured the undesirable snacks in the cabinet because they were simply reachable.  Some months, I feel like my checkbook is healthy, and others, multiple appliances breakdown, the six month auto insurance premium is due and it’s also time to service and reregister both cars. All. At. Once. 

Thus, I’ve learned to not seek balance, as much as accept that when one area of your life is desperate for water, you must listen and drink from the appropriate well.  It takes awareness, then action, and maybe even help to work out the logistics, but do what it takes to tip the scales back in the favor of wholeness.    
“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

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