At the Retreat (see highlight photos), Sister Deborah, the amazing Tai Chi Nun, spoke about understanding the imbalance of the American system. She described it this way. We are all on our own surfboard (I like to imagine a unicycle), balancing our way through the ocean of life. It is inevitable that waves and big swells rock us. They arrive in the form of conflict … death of a loved one, health crises, relationship struggles, financial difficulties, addictions, problem kids … the list is endless. The reality is that every human is putting out effort to stay balanced on their surfboard so they don’t fall off, become caught in riptides or rough waters. It is a daily struggle to remain steady. When waves or imbalance arrive (as they inevitably will), if we haven’t stored up reserves to see us through the conflict we will fall off, become lost, or worse, drown.
To me it simmers down to the Drama History class I took in my third year at San Diego State University. There I learned the Greek Motto “Know thyself and nothing in excess.” I personally adopted the motto and have kept it tucked in my mental back pocket with favorite Bible verses, my collection of HOPE (see post dated, January 25th , 2010), grocery list, and the fear of earthquakes.
You are only called to be the unique, amazing, gifted YOU. If you don’t know who she is then make an effort to find out (Warning: this could take a lifetime).
Nothing in Excess:
*Enjoy wine? I do. Have a glass or two, but if you polish off the bottle, you have crossed over into excess (learned this one the hard way) and you end up feeling awful.
*Love exercise? Get a healthy amount, but don’t go nuts. On the other end don’t ignore the fact that you must keep fit to stay mentally and physically healthy. Get moving…or slow down depending on how much you do.
All parts of us need to be respected and we do this by keeping everything from passions, playtime and food, to relationships, exercise, insecurities, ego, rest time, God time and love time in check. No one will do this for you or me. This past weekend I realized there are areas of my life that are off kilter, so I will work on keeping my balance, whether it be on a surfboard or unicycle. But before I get started, please pass the wine :o)
Riding a unicycle is like life. To be successful and enjoy the ride, they both require tremendous balance and focus. I sit up tall, shoulders back and imagine I am holding one of my young boys under each arm. My best-friend-techie-husband’s hand on my seat (hubba, hubba) to guide me, and my two wiener dogs running alongside, looking like double Dumbos. As I train to ride Blanche, my unicycle, in a half-marathon, I think how good God is as the breeze blows my brown hair, a big smile on my face. Come along for a thrilling one-wheel ride while I do my best to maintain balance... but keep an open mind, there is always something new to learn!