Balance. Such a simple word that’s so not simple to grasp. The more women I meet, the more I realize that struggling to maintain balance is a universal crisis for women of all ages. We want to work, but we also want to be there for our families. We want to take care of others who need help, but we also want (and need!!) to take care of ourselves. We want to check all the things off of our to-do list, but, at the same time, we also want to rest. And one of the first things (at least for me) that usually gets nixed from that list of things we want to do is rest. We live in a such a fast paced and demanding society that has taught us to routinely utter the words, “I’ve been so busy!” with a sense of pride. Since when did we start having to feel guilty for spending a few hours doing nothing?
I don’t know about you, but I have this tendency to fill my schedule to the brim and just go, go, go, until I can’t go anymore (because that’s what we’re supposed to do, right?). I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love every single minute of it. But that’s no way to live! This quote by my friend and favorite boss-lady, Emily, sums up balance in such a simple way. She says, “I discovered that balance isn’t something that’s achieved or found. Instead, balance is a carefully choreographed dance: a constant shift from foot to foot.” I love that. We won’t ever get to a point where we’ve achieved balance and can move on to tackle the next mountain (although it certainly gets easier the more we practice it), but if we constantly shift from foot to foot each day, rearranging our priorities and making time for the important things, we’ll find that sweet spot, and we’ll be able to look around and see that we’re actually doing it and not drowning in the madness.
The key to getting to that point, though, is to stop every every once and awhile. Stop shuffling those feet back and forth. Rest. Savor the quiet. Learn to enjoy the art of doing nothing. There’s nothing wrong with being busy, but rest is a good thing, friends! Take a break from the busy and the worry, and just rest in the promise that nothing we can do will make us more deserving of Grace. Rest in the deep satisfaction of knowing that being still and savoring the quiet will only make us better— better for ourselves and better for those around us. Only when we set time aside to find rest in Christ can we rid ourselves of worn out monotony and live in a jump-up-and-down, bursting-at-the-seams type of joy that spills out of us into the lives of everyone around us. I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of balanced life I want to live.
So this weekend, instead of filling up my schedule, I’m filling up my tank by taking some time to be still— to rest in the realest, truest sense of the word. Let’s take a couple days off of “doing” and spend a couple days just “being.”