Balance is unquestionably among the most important influences of success in life. In most circumstances the middle path between the extremes of lack and excess is the way to a thriving existence of health, happiness and prosperity. Contemplate for a moment the list of examples below and reflect on the extent to which you are living a balanced life. What chance are you giving yourself of thriving? In what areas of your life do you need to create greater balance in order to nurture your mind, body and soul? What do you need to do more or less of to create the future you want?
The inspiration for today’s blog in fact came from a news article about the Great Barrier Reef and UNESCO’s intention to name it a World Heritage Site in danger. A report by UNESCO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) claims the federal and Queensland governments have failed to improve water quality or halt coastal developments that impact the reef.
This issue struck me as a powerful example of humanities ongoing struggle to balance our focus on now and the future. New age philosophers rightly encourage all of us to be present in the moment and focus on now. In reality all that exists in any given moment is in fact the current moment. The past is gone leaving in its wake a new set of choices; nothing in the past impacts our future without first moving through now and the decisions we make about how to respond.
While tomorrow and each of the days that follow may not have arrived yet, the choices we make today about what we think, how we feel and how we act shapes the future that ultimately arrives. Unless we master this ultimate challenge of balance we will continue to invest too little in our relationships, damage our planet, struggle financially in retirement or elect politicians who stand for little beyond winning the arguments of today. With keen focus on the current moment and its priorities we must keep an eye on the future and its needs. Our ability to thrive along with future generations depends on it.