New Year: New Balance

Did you create a New Year’s resolution this year?  For the first time in my life my New Year’s resolution seems simple: find balance in life.  I hope that means I don’t have to meditate.

Matt and I take a walk each year around this time to talk about the previous year and to discuss our goals and ambitions for the coming year.  This was perhaps the first time in my life I didn’t have a mile-long list of all the things I’d hoped to do.  Instead I just wanted to balance everything I do in life better.  I’ve learned in 2012 that life is about constant adjustments.  Sometimes they are unexpected and you need to make your life work around new or different challenges.

The hard part is that I don’t even know if I believe in balance.  Sometimes I think it’s a mirage that self help books have us always attempting to search for until we lose balance in the search—left feeling like we can’t keep the weights of life level. 

Balance isn’t easy.  Hop on any bosu or step onto any balance beam and you’ll see just how difficult balance can be.  Yet I’m willing to strive for great balance in my physical health, and I believe it is imperative for lifelong health. 

I think as I’m getting older I need to learn to let my body rest more.  That is where I’m meant to find my balance.  In 2012 I discovered that rest is not a choice for me.  At some point my body just requires it.  2013 is the year I hope I stop fighting my body’s need for a little R&R.

What does finding balance mean for you?  Do you believe it’s out there? Know anyone who has found it?

About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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