Getting comfortable with being off-balance

Balancing by Pieter van Marion
We often struggle against the world which insists on keeping us on our toes. It shifts under our feet without warning, throwing up new circumstances and testing our balance.

We teeter and sway as we try to keep our footing and stay upright. And then, when we achieve that point of balance we breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the moment of comfort.

But the footing shifts again and the moment of comfort is precisely the thing which means we’re caught off guard as the circumstances change.

The problem is that we’re comfortable only we feel the stillness of balance. We’re happy only when we’re experiencing the fleeting, momentary state which can’t be maintained. We tether our comfort to the most fragile, least sustainable and least controllable aspect of our existence.

No wonder our happiness can seem so fleeting.

What if we instead chose to become comfortable with being off-balance? We could choose to know and trust that the circumstances will change, and that by anticipating this change, we’ll be supple and ready to respond to it harmoniously.

Movement and change are ironically the only constants in our life, so by stepping closer to them and embracing the feeling of being slightly off-balance, we stand a greater chance enjoying, not just the 5% moments of stillness and balance, but the rest of the ride as well.

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