Monday, March 19, 2012

A Matter of Balance

For me, it is a matter of balance.

I can work very hard and with great concentration from project to project,
but I must have a balance in my activities in order to stay refreshed.

To compensate for lack of balance, I have many symptoms.

When they become overwhelming in one direction or another, I become aware that I am out of balance.

Almost, immediately, when I take steps to reestablish balance, the symptoms dissipate and I am restored.

Balance is individual.

If you are struggling to make things work, you are out of balance.

Although someone outside of you can tell whether you are in balance, they cannot tell you how to establish balance for yourself.

Balance happens when everything is in accord.

As you start to align yourself with your purpose, that part of you begins to feel marvelous.

Then anything else that is out of balance shows up, and you can figure out how to put that into complete balance within your life.

Of course while we are all distracted trying to take care of necessary things, it is hard to pay attention to our own needs and to establish balance.

However, usually something begins to be horribly out of balance and then we are forced to take a look at it.

This is a continual process until everything is aligned and we learn how to make the adjustments to keep it there.

Then, our life becomes one of those that just flows and people wonder how we do it.

© 2012 Kathryn Hardage

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Permission Slips

You can live any way you want to.

You can choose how you want to live.

When I found myself starting lots of projects and not finishing them,

When I found myself living in a disorderly setting,

When I found myself needing more creative time,

When I found myself wanting to do things, but not being able to,

I realized I needed to give myself permission to do these things.

My husband came up with the idea of Permission Slips.

He asked me for a list and I am sending it to him.

As I wrote the list, I wrote it as...

    “I give myself permission to do the first project.”

I was very specific about each project.

Some of the projects were crafts I had started.

I listed the first one specifically.

Some of the projects were for house cleaning.

I listed only one.

Some of the projects were keeping track of business receipts.

OK, I listed three of those.

Some of the projects have many parts to them.

I listed the first step.

It calms and comforts me to know I can take the next step on one thing and enjoy making progress on it.

I will share with you the ongoing results.

I feel uplifted by this approach.

I like giving myself permission and also being supported by my husband in this fun way.

It will be exciting to see what he designs for me.

Please join me in giving yourself permission to do things you want to do and share your “Permission Slips”.

We can be quite artistic in our designs.

We can support each other in giving our permission to live better, more complete lives.

©2012 Kathryn Hardage