This week’s prompt is: Balance and the Art of Succeeding in an All or Nothing World
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
– Thomas Merton
“Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.”
– Hillary Clinton
Buddha taught the Middle Way but he had to give up everything and undergo supreme austerities before he reached this conclusion. Eventually, he lived the life of a monk and teacher, but he was born a prince, so it would appear that even though he was advising against extremes, the life of a mendicant is extremely different from the life of a king. We are left to think that maybe it wasn’t just the physical comforts and appearance of hardships that Buddha was referring to. What does a balanced life mean to you?
Success in life always requires some sacrifice. If you want to be successful at school you’re probably going to have to sacrifice some sleep and recreation time. If you want to be successful at work it may be at the expense of your personal life, and if you are going after spiritual endeavors then you are probably going to have to give up some worldly ones. At the same time, everybody preaches balance. What is it that you are balancing?
*What are the things that are important to you in this world and what are you willing to give up to make them a reality. What does living a balanced life mean to you? Can you be successful while living a balanced life? What does sacrifice mean to you, and are there some things worth sacrificing for? Share your thoughts and feelings on these matters.
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