Balance is not a destination.
You don’t reach balance and then stay there, unless the context in question ends.
For example, you might achieve a perfectly balanced check book — in the strictly metaphorical sense, because who actually balances a “check book” anymore? — but it will immediately become unbalanced the next time you spend money.
So unless you’re done spending money, you’ll have to rebalance your check book.
Then watch it go out of balance again.
Then rebalance again.
And so on.
It’s like the canoe.
And it’s like that for everything.
Balance is not a destination. Balance is a journey, it’s a process, it’s a practice.
Balance can be a commitment that we make or a goal that we have, but the commitment and the goal are only as useful as the self-awareness they inspire and the choices they drive.
Without self-awareness, we will struggle to recognize when we have drifted out of balance.
Without intentional choices, we will never be able to take the requisite next action that will pull us back toward the balanced state we seek.
For a moment.
Until we’re out of balance again.
And then we have to make the next choice to pull back toward it.
So maybe balance can be a destination, if you are stubborn and want to view it that way, but it’s a destination that we only reach for the briefest and most fleeting of moments.
Either way, it doesn’t matter as a destination. It matters only as a focal point.
What does matter, all that really matters in fact, is the process we put in place and the series of choices we make to navigate our lives as close to that focal point as we can while still moving forward.
Anyone can stay balanced while not moving. That check book will stay balanced forever if you never use it again.
But that’s no way to live.
The quest for balance should drive us toward our best life, not scare us away from our next action.
And it can.
If we give up the fallacy that we can ever get there and stay there.
Balance is not a destination. So you might as well learn how to embrace and enjoy the journey, because it only ends when you give up.
And while that is a destination, it’s certainly not one worth reaching.
In what specific way can viewing your question for balance as a journey instead of a destination be helpful for you today?