Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 depicts much of the world that we find ourselves living in today. From times of weeping to times of laughing, times of tearing to times of mending, times of planting to times of uprooting. We may begin to question how balance is even possible when life is simply unpredictable.
"THANKFULLY, WE HAVE A GOD WHO IS CONSTANT EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE REMAINS IN FLUX."
He is present with us in each and every season, providing us with His strength, perseverance and courage. He continues to guide us as we learn small ways to build self-awareness and simple tools to modify our lifestyle in order to remain stable, secure and resilient. Rest knowing that finding and maintaining balance is a process that takes commitment and perseverance.
For me, finding life balance amidst a stressful situation or changing season is much like the process of making one of my favorite snacks: a delicious smoothie! In order to create a smoothie with the best taste and texture, you have to use the perfect combination and amount of nutrient-dense ingredients that will satisfy your hunger and fuel your body.
Imagine a smoothie with only one ingredient, like frozen cherries. It would no longer be a smoothie and would be incredibly hard to enjoy! On the flip side, imagine a smoothie with too many different ingredients: bananas, cherries, avocado, mint, chocolate, pineapple, spinach, beets, lemon and ginger. That doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? Although all of these ingredients serve a purpose, they become a culinary disaster when combined!
Just like I’ve learned with my smoothie-making abilities, our lives are very much a work in progress. The changing of seasons can cause our life to easily reflect a one-ingredient kind of smoothie, ultimately impacting our mental health. Other times, we desire to escape our situation by adding anything and everything to distract ourselves from our present reality – a smoothie that becomes unbearable to drink! Regardless of where you find yourself, each day is filled with hope and opportunity to try a new recipe for your life, adding in a favorite flavor you haven’t tried in awhile or removing an ingredient that just doesn’t seem to fit.
Here are a few tips to help you take that first step toward finding healthy life balance: