All of life is constantly moving towards balance and equilibrium so life flows easier when we get into balance ourselves. We’re not wasting energy in realignment, we’re free to go with the flow.
Creative balance has two key traits. It’s individual. What is perfectly poised for one person is utter boredom for another, crazily driven to a third.
And it’s dynamic. You don’t wake up one day and say: “Ah! Here I am at last, finally balanced!” It is constantly being renegotiated – in each year, in each week, in each hour, in each moment.
To live a creative life is to be free, not consumed by the slings and arrows of the past, not in thrall to the possibilities of the future, but located here and now.
This calls for the ability to negotiate a fine balance between thinking, doing and being; having, wanting and making; giving, owning and receiving.
The challenge for creativists always is to reconcile and balance these movements of energy, rather than separating and polarizing them into opposites: doing/being; having/wanting; giving/receiving.
At a practical level, we don’t have to think our way into any of this. It all happens automatically once we balance out work, rest and play in our days.
- Should we try to make more or to want less? Answer? Balance.
- Should we work harder to get what we want or slow down to better enjoy what we already have? Answer? Balance.
- Should we accept what is — or take steps to change life to how we want it to be? Answer?
Creative balance is always the answer.