Kim’s post from last week about self-care reminded me of a very interesting conversation I had the other day with a good friend of mine. She was lamenting that she felt like her life was out of balance; that she felt out of control. And God spoke an idea into my ear that I immediately related to her. I asked her, “Well, what does balance require?”
Now I know she was thinking in an existential sense, but I was referring to ‘balance’ in a physical sense. Of course, for anyone who is physically fit, the answer is ‘balance’ requires core strength, strength attained by exercise of the muscles of our trunk: abdomen and back, and buttocks. But I believe that emotional ‘balance’ requires core strength emotionally. And how does that manifest in our lives?
For me, I absolutely require time alone. That is how my batteries are recharged. My time alone is usually spent in devotions, prayer, writing, working in my garden, and hiking with my dog. When I skip that kind of time, I find myself becoming irritable, short-tempered and generally out-of-sorts. But even just a couple of those activities helps me to restore and maintain my emotional core strength allowing me to feel balanced in my life. How about you? What are you doing to maintain you core strength to enhance a healthy balance in your life?