Posted by: blondechief | October 14, 2008


A life in balance, if it were to be viewed in pictures and symbols, would be equal in all areas and have perfect symmetry.  Each area of the painting or photograph would have the same amount of lights and darks, shadows and colors, and if you were to gaze upon this piece of art you would believe it to be a masterpiece.  This is how I try to model my life, as though it were a masterpiece of symmetry. 

This past weekend was a glorious, perfect “Autumn” weekend.  The kind of perfection that should make you stop in your tracks and look at the flawless blue sky, the brilliant burgundy and golds of the leaves, and the full, abundant sunshine.  My Husband and I went to a local festival which included tasting of local wines, artisan cheeses and baked goods, and listened to remarkable musical talent.  The day was perfection and the purchases of wine and cheese (that we will enjoy throughout the hoilday season) will bring this day back to us tenfold.  Time was forgotten and we were living in the here and now, and not once did we worry about money, our jobs, or what we should be doing instead of what we were doing at that moment.  That is a life in balance. 

 If you take time to do something you enjoy, such as spending an afternoon reading, and then feel guilty about it later, because you have so many other obligations and responsibilities, then your life is not in balance.  If you can focus on one important thing on your path to Simple Wealth, it should be to strive for balance in all areas of your life.  If you can achieve this, most of the things that you worry about will take care of themselves.  A little clarification might be needed here.  A life in balance does not mean a life of juggling too many obligations. Many of the things that you think you have to do are self-imposed restrictions.  Try giving up some of the things that are not directly related to your immediate family, and you will be surprised to see that the world did not end because you decided to say no to others demands.  Make choices that work for you, and you alone, and you will be amazed at the difference in your life and in the lives of the people that you truly care about.  Work on one area in your life at a time.  When you try to make big changes all at once, you will fail, and then be discouraged, but if you make small changes, you will succeed and you will be encouraged to move ahead.  If you cannot make any changes right now in your work schedule, make your weekend your priority time for you.  Do not let anyone else make demands on your time.  Even if it is only a few hours on Sunday afternoon spent with a great book and a glass of iced tea, treat it like any other appointment, be on time and give it your fullest attention.  You will be pleased with what these small changes can do for your attitude and your life.  And once you get that ball rolling and you build up momentum, “LOOK OUT”, because the path you are on to achieving balance in your life and the rewards of a simpler, wealthier lifestyle, you will never meet another obstacle again.  If one of the great masters were to paint a picture of your life, would it be about balance and symmetry or choas and confusion?

“The time we enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”  -Bertrand Russell

“We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.” – E. B. White



  1. I missed the fall foilage that you and your husband enjoyed. I have found that not only does the “demands of others” take away our time, but our own “past decisions” keep us in bondage — seeming to forfeit the balanced life you talk about.

    I encourage young people who have not yet let their desires for “things” -making them slaves to their lenders – to follow the “Simple Wealth” practices of this blog.

    For those of us who are “unbalanced” and trying to find their way out – it is encouraging to find those “few hours on Sunday afternoon spent with a great book and a glass of iced tea” and to make them a priority on a regular basis.

    Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. If I could make a speech at High School graduations around the country it would be centered around that comment.

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