Noun: An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
Verb: Keep or put (something) in a steady position so that it does not fall: “a mug that she balanced on her knee”.
When my brain got going this morning, it was churning on this week’s American politics: The President’s inauguration speech on Monday and the various 180° points of view emanating from the talking heads on the other side. What the American people want is something in between. We need balance.
Naturally I started thinking about issues like how too much government is bad but too little government is bad too. The ultimate in liberty and freedom is called anarchy. We have to have balance. My mind started coming up with analogies which are common place to help illustrate a point. But I decided that this blog was probably not the best outlet for doing a political post. After all, this is a Geek blog and we need to focus on all things geek and well discussing balance is something that can benefit everyone.
There is an old saying that too much of anything is bad. Candy is awesome. Too much candy and your teeth fall out (and a host of other problems) but living life in fear of the ills that candy can do to you would mean not being able to enjoy the pure joy that chocolate brings to your senses. Should I have a Snickers &tm; or M&M’s &tm; today?
Balance is important in all aspects of our life. Too much government? Police State; too little: Anarchy — Mad Max anyone? Too much sun? Sun burns; too little: depression, chronic fatigue, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Too much work: stress, burnout; not enough: boredom, laziness, poorness.
Every where you turn too, on need to strive to balance out both sides of the equation. We can look to mathematics to help with the answer. To reach a state of equality, both sides of the equation have to balance out and well… be equal.
In Chinese philosophy there is the concept of “Yin and Yang” where life is filled with dualities: light and dark, wet and dry, hot and cold and so on. They represent opposing forces yet while seemingly contrary, they are very interrelated, interconnected and very dependent on each other.
It is your responsibility to work to maintain the balance in your life. Once you grow up, it’s not your parents job any more. You have to take responsibility to bring yourself back to center in every aspect of your life.