Achieving Life Balance: Equal or Equitable?

by L. Aynn Daniels on July 5, 2014

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Equality denotes that every one and everything is at the same level, whereas equity alludes to the identical apportionment where dealings, values, qualities are concerned. Equity represents fairness, or what may be termed as the equality of outcomes.

An example, which would bring out the principal difference between the two, would be how a ham may be carved up at family’s dinner table. Equality would mean that everybody – mother, father and young children – would get a piece of the same size. Equity, on the other hand, would mean that they take the more sensible option, and divide it according to their needs.

Balance is not, in this more holistic sense, equal weight on each side. It is not equal amounts of time spent in the inner world and the outer world. It is the unique balance that keeps you finely tuned and in relationship to your deepest Self.

It’s hard for us to sometimes remember that we are human “be-ings” and not human “do-ings”. Balance is something you will know and experience from the inside out. It is something you must create and willfully recognize, for it doesn’t happen easily.

So, how can you recognize when you are out of balance? You may seem disconnected/disjointed, tired/listless, unhappy, anxious, disinterested, directionless, angry.

How can you recognize when you are in balance? You may seem aligned, energized, content, rested, engaged, purpose-driven, peaceful.

We all get caught up sometimes in more of the “doing” part of us than the “being” part. It is then when we must energize the willful intent, our power of positive choice. We can learn to do this as a matter of proactive habit and not merely as to a chronic reaction.

Join with me in my commitment to the following reflection:

Achieving life balance is important to me.

Even though I sometimes feel overwhelmed with everything I want to accomplish, I still aim to enjoy every aspect of each day. So, I do everything possible to seek and find perfect equilibrium in my life.

I work hard each day to achieve excellence in my chosen work, but when I finish my work for the day, I leave work behind.

I am careful about committing to extra hours at work because I know that doing so means I give up time with friends, family, or “me” time.

At home, my energy is divided among deepening relationships with those I love, taking care of my home, and finding my own inner peace to deal with the stresses of life.

My social life and friendships are also high on my list of priorities.

I use my calendar to schedule in time for work projects, home tasks, and social activities. I block out an hour or two weekly to enjoy my own personal time however I choose.

Today, I know I can experience the joys of multiple aspects of my life, all in balance. My life brings me everything I want.”

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Do I feel like my life is balanced right now? What areas am I short-changing?
  2. How much do I focus on achieving balance in my life?
  3. How can I ensure I have a healthy balance among my activities?
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