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#WQWWC #22: Balance

Balance

We have been talking about eating nutritious meals and exercising. The topic of this week’s Writer’s Quotes Wednesday challenge is balance. Balance has many meanings and is broad enough to give you a lot of ways to go with it.

It may simply be the challenge of staying upright while walking on a tightrope, paying your bills and coming out with money still in the account, eating from all the right food groups, or holding one or more babies on your hips without dropping them.

We just watched the movie “Adrift,” a true story in which a storm caused a sailboat to lose its balance. Children should have a well-balanced education which includes physical education, art, music, science, social studies, literature and time and ways for exploring their interests.

Artists balance colors to make a beautiful painting. Music lovers enjoy a balance of types of music. Readers read a balance of fiction and non-fiction.

Architects design buildings that will be balanced and create a sense of beauty and balance in the city. All of us balance the hours in our day.

These photos were all from a weekend trip I took to San Francisco with a good friend in May, 2013. We balanced work, family, and still managed to get a girls weekend out.

Where is balance leading you this week?

My Response to Quotes

“I have the feeling that in a balanced life one should die penniless. The trick is dismantling.”

Art Garfunkel

My grandmother told me when she neared the end of her life that it was so hard to figure out how much money she might need to make it through life. She lived through the Great Depression and pinched pennies all her life. A few years before my grandparents retired they invested all their savings in Certificates of Deposits which earned two digit interest. It wasn’t a fortune, but she could have been very comfortable.

Yet when the car needed new tires to replace unsafe bald ones, she wouldn’t purchase them because she was afraid she might run out of money. I understand her fears but I am trying to be a little more balanced as I age and dismantle as I go.

Unlike Art, I don’t want to die penniless because I want to leave something to our son and other family members who might need it.

“The critical part of a balance in life is choosing priorities. If you are trying to balance a family and a career, the choices are complex because both are important.”

Byron Pulsifer

Graduation from high school marks the entrance into adulthood and a time for choices. For some it is time to start work in a family business or at a first job. For others a time to finish education, and for others time to start a family. Some people put off family to build a career, and others put off the career to raise a family. Others balance both successfully.

We all make choices each day to keep our lives balanced. We save money so we can retire, or we don’t and we work until we drop. Or we don’t work hard, don’t stress and when we get old we have start working with no skills or rely on others when emergencies arise. We stress about everything or we stress out others.

Some of us have our lives balanced enough we retire early so we can work or play at something we have always dreamed of doing if only we had the time. A few of us super balanced souls work because it is what we love to do. We are writers, race car drivers, photographers, artists, mechanics, bakers, realtors, teachers, fitness experts, nurses, consultants, clothes designers, own our own business, law, medical or dental practice. We balance and adjust our lives to fit the schedules we have etched out.

We upsize, downsize, and right-size our lives, our belongings, our homes, our social lives, our giving, even our community service so that our lives stay in balance.

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happy hump day. enjoy the rest of your week and stay balanced!

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  1. I loved your photos and all your thoughts. It’s so easy, too, to look at other peoples lives and try to compare, when we really don’t know what it took for them to get where they are, are they truly happy, in massive debt, etc. I love all the ways we can interepret balance and all the ways we can apply it to so many areas of our lives….all areas of our lives, really.

    Below is my post.
    https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2021/04/wqwwcapril-28th-themebalance.html

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    • Awesome, post, Frank. You gave your readers much more to think about. I enjoyed one of your reader’s responses about balance in older people. One thing I learned from my personal trainer was how to get up from the ground without using my hands. It still looks incredibly awkward, but I can do it. I’d much rather be floating around a ballroom dance floor. 🙂

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    • True. What I remember about older people when I wasn’t one was how much time and effort they spent in taking all the medications at the right time so that their systems would not over react with the medications. I remember on e of my mom’s colleagues at work took about 17 different medications, and I didn’t see how she could even still be standing!

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    • Thank you Lisa. Come on over. I just got back from a long walk with Kalev. The clouds are so amazing right now. We were supposed to have snow yesterday, and this weekend it’s supposed to be 80. I’m hoping that neither of them materialize. The snow did not, but there was a tiny splattering of rain, and when it hit the windshield each drop was about 6-8 miniature droplets. (kind of like melted snow.)

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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