Saturday, August 04, 2007

Getting Active and Mainitaining Balance

With my new hip, it is important to stay active. I never realized how much time I spend sitting down. Computer time, reading, planning lessons, eating, brushing the cat -- all done sitting down.

For the past two weeks, I gone to a yoga class once a week and a water aerobics class once a week. The other days I take my usual walk or try other things. Next week, I start going to yoga twice a week. After the first yoga class, every part of my body, except my right earlobe, was sore. It is getting better, but I still can't flow from one position to the next and have to avoid some all together. It is getting better though.

I have vowed not to spend all of my time in the gym because I do have other areas of my life that are equally as important. Balance. It is a word that guides everything I do. I learned some time ago that it is better, for my emotional health, to strive for balance as opposed to perfection. It is the decision that separates me from some of the other "Type A" people I hang out with. I have too many different roles in life to pursue perfection in every area. Instead I seek to appropriately balance the time, energy, and effort spent on each role. How does that fit in with being a Christian? Many of my Christian friends feel that I should clearly spend the bulk of my time and energy on things related to spirituality. I am still working through that, but I believe that when I read through the Bible, especially the book of Proverbs, I see balance demonstrated over and over again.


  1. To be a good person, you need a balance. You sound like you have it right!

  2. I think you are right about balance and the Proverbs. I have noticed that often the Proverbs will state one position in one verse, and the very next verse will (at first glance) seem to contradict it. But on closer examination they are more often two sides of the same coin - and balance is found between them. I wish I had an example off the top of my head, but I bet you know what I am talking about.

  3. I know exactly what you mean about the Proverbs. Proverbs 20:1 says that "wine is a mocker...", yet Proverbs 31:6 and I Timothy 6:24 give instance when you should give or drink wine. People often excuse away the later scriptures and condemn or judge those who drink wine occasionally. They totally miss the balance that these scriptures work together to provide.