Old sayings get old because they are true, so when you hear one, such as ‘be true to yourself’ – listen. One of the most challenging and rewarding gifts to give yourself is balance. Remembering to look for it isn’t always easy – but do so, in all things, in all of your relationships and all of your endeavors. Finding balance gives you harmony and prevents the hurts that then have to heal.
There is a wonderful Hindu saying that I am going to paraphrase. Think of it in terms of patience – that wonderful quality we are always wishing we had – right now! “If you want a clear answer to arise from the waters, quit kicking the mud.” Whether you are grieving, starting a new relationship, healing from an old one, squabbling with family or wondering what in the world you are going to do with yourself, give yourself time to let things work out. Listen far more than you speak. Get busy. There is always something that can be done – even if it is just cleaning out drawers and cupboards and donating the old stuff to charity. Keeping busy is one of the best tonics out there to pass the time needed for healing. Get some exercise. (Come on – I said “some.” Remember – your balance is different than mine.) Share a smile too. That is the most precious, inexpensive gift out there. Be kind to yourself and others and you will find your balance.