“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
This statement may be true, but how does it happen? There always seem to be certain times of the year when, no matter what you do, everything feels out of balance. This is one of those times, and not just for me. Judging from the number of comments I’ve heard lately, it’s one of those times for a lot of other people, as well. Perhaps the extended period of extremely cold weather mixed with lots of snow is getting to all of us. Perhaps it’s the shorter days and longer nights that are creating this effect. Perhaps it’s ____________ (fill in your own truth).
Balance is often elusive: when one area of life is balanced, other areas seem way off. As a baby-boomer, I was a young woman when a lot was written about how women should strive to have their lives in balance. This would allow us to “have it all and do it all”…perfect career, perfect home, perfect children, perfect body. Hmmm.
Being way past that age now, I look at balance differently. I believe that balance should be considered from the perspective of the continuum that is our life’s journey. It seems to me that feeling at peace with moving in and out of balance over the course of one’s life is more important than having a perfectly balanced life. Feeling at peace and gleaning all that life has to offer at any particular point on the journey is a worthy goal.
SALT as an organization experiences these phases of the journey as well. At times the load feels too heavy, the challenges too great, the solutions too elusive. But inevitably these frustrations morph into a return to positive creativity and forward motion. It is not because of any magic formula for balance, but rather because of the perseverance of the staff, VISTAs, and volunteers who keep disappointments in perspective. It is because of the support they provide each other. It is because of the resilience they demonstrate by keeping focused on the vision.
Perhaps, as Brian Tracy says, it is true you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. However, by journeying together even when some of these are out of balance for one or more of us us individually, we are able to share strengths and find organizational balance. And that organizational balance helps energize us to move forward, keeping focused on SALT’s mission.