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Have you ever worked so hard for something, day and night and never seem to get anywhere? How often do you find that you cannot seem to find your balance?

What is balance?

Balance recognizes that many good things in life are good only in moderation. There really can be too much of something wonderful. Most virtues, taken to excess become vices. When an interest, affection, or endeavor becomes utterly consuming, it doesn’t allow room for other kinds of goodness.

Implicit in the concept of balance is the notion that two very different things are true at once, and both must be heeded. Simply illustrated, we need to work, and we need to play. We need to give out, and we need to replenish. We need to go wild, and we need to be calm. Each of us is prone to fall out of balance in our own way. To maintain balance requires that we value balance. It also requires intention, mindfulness, and self-discipline.

Friends, sometimes the best way to get something done is to stop working on it for a while. Focused effort is essential to success, and balance is just as important.

If all your time, energy, thoughts, efforts and actions are focused in just one direction, you can soon become utterly burned out. You will get much more accomplished by balancing that intense effort with some time completely away from it.

There is a reason why night follows day in a never-ending cycle. There is a reason why one season ends and the next one begins, over and over again.

The best night’s sleep comes after a day of focused effort. And the best day’s effort comes after a night of deep and restful sleep.

Balance allows the energy that has been flowing out to flow back in. Balance allows the frustrations and aggravations that have been flowing in to be released and disposed.

Sadness and joy, peacefulness and excitement, effort and relaxation, discipline and playfulness all benefit from each other. Keep balance in your life, and you’ll keep your life full.

Goodnight and may God bless you this night!

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