Balance Awareness Week

Once this week wouldn’t have meant very much to me. But right now when I am learning to walk with a walker and have nurses, physical therapists, aides, and others hanging all around me to make sure I don’t lose my balance and fall, it suddenly brings such things home to me.

This week is actually to raise awareness about vestibular disorders, a disease of the inner ear which affects balance. My mother suffered from this briefly when I was in high school, and it is not nice at all. The mascot, if you will, of the Vestibular Disorders Association Website is the “flat flamingo,” the bird that stands on one leg. They sponsor a photo contest with people taking their printouts of the flamingo and having selfies taken all over the world. You can print your own at their site and join in the fun.

But more than just the physical, we all need balance in our lives. We need to find the balance between work and play, between giving and taking, waking and sleeping, and on and on. So whether or not you or someone you know needs to approach this a needing physical balance, all of us can look for places in our lives where we need to cultivate balance.

The Flat Flamingo

Quotes about balance

All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth but error still. Truth lies between these extremes.–Richard Cecil

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.–Euripides

Each one of us must face our own issues of balance, and the real key lies within your own hands. It is not someone else’s responsibility to manage your life, or to help create balance in your life. It is something you need to control.–Byron Pulsifer

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.–Brian Tracy

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.–Carl Jung

Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.–Robert Fulgham

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.–Thomas Merton

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.–Thomas Kinkade

Problems arise in that one has to find a balance between what people need from you and what you need for yourself.–Jessye Norman

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.–William Arthur Ward

Next to love, balance is the most important thing.–John Wooden

Like with anything in life, find the balance between too much work and being too lazy; between spending too much and being a scrooge; between being gone all the time and being in each other’s way; between talking each other’s ears off and dead silence.–Christian Olsen

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

While it is important to love others unselfishly, it is crucial to find a balance. When we compromise our needs and martyr ourselves to the point of depleting ourselves and neglecting our needs, we become out of balance.–Jessica Minty

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