“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” ~ Flora Whittemore

In a recent comment, Andy Bailey (creator of the awesome CommentLuv plugin used here) asked what the soundtrack of my life would be.  It also brought back a post Stacey at Create A Balance did on what song fuels your soul.  Music can be a powerful connection in our lives.

And this really had me thinking – what song does describe my life, and the life I desire?  In the end, I couldn’t get the list down to one.  Here are three that describe life as I see it.  They speak for themselves, so I’ll just leave you with that for today.

“What a Wonderful World” ~ Louis Armstrong

“Stand by Me” ~ U2 and Bruce Springsteen

My wife had fun with this one too.  In fact, she was like a walking, talking idea generator for this.  The selection below is one of her additions to the list, and one that really sums up what life is all about (thanks for the help on this one, honey!).  I’ve included the lyrics – and these are words that really describe living life on your own terms, and doing what “you” desire to do.  And isn’t that a powerful thought…

“Anyway” ~ Martina McBride

“Anyway” Lyrics

You can spend your whole life buildin’
Somethin’ from nothin’
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

(Chorus)
God is great, but sometimes life ain’t good
When I pray it doesn’t always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world’s gone crazy and it’s hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can love someone with all your heart
For all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love ’em anyway

(Repeat Chorus)

You can pour your soul out singin’
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they’ll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yeah sing it anyway

I sing
I dream
I love anyway

Do you have a soundtrack that describes your life?

“The most important things in life aren’t things.” ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

Today marks the 100th time I’ve posted something here on the “Jungle of Life”.  One hundred…it seems like a good time to reflect on what this has all meant.  So…

Life is about making our splash.  Sometimes it’s grand, sometimes it’s a belly flop…

Sometimes, that means paddling our own boat…

Other times, that means we just need to rest.

Life.  It’s about caring for others….

And about having fun, dressing up, and cheering for the home team!

It’s all about trying new things, challenging ourselves, and testing our limits.

Life is about spending time with the one we love, the one who is there no matter what…

Life…is being with the ONES we love.

Sometimes in life, we get into predicaments…

And the best thing we can do is just smile, and be ourselves.

Sometimes we act weird.

Sometimes we look weird.

And the best thing we can do is just be who we are, and sing out our song…

Life is about climbing up new poles, and then just hanging around.

And learning new things…

Sometimes, we sit in the stands and cheer on the others we know.

And sometimes, it’s about getting into the action, and making the big catch.

Life.  We grow up.  Family.  We’re always there for each other.

Sometimes life gives us hills to climb…but then…the ride down is a lot of fun!

It’s about working together…building our lives (and our treehouses)…

Life is…Love.  Caring.  Respect.

Life.  There will be mountains to conquer.  We can’t do it alone.  It’s having the ones we love, there with us, through it all.

Life is…grand!

Life is grand because of the wonderful family I have.  They make all I do worth it.  Life is grand because of the friends I have.  Life is grand, because of you, my friends, all of you!  All of you that read these words.  Regular visitors and friends.  New visitors.  You all, every one of you, make my life better because of your thoughtful comments, the time you take to read my words, your simply being here!

Thank you, everyone, for being a part of my jungle of life!

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“Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.” ~ Victor Hugo

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“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.” ~ Brian Tracy

LIFE BALANCE

How do we achieve balance in our lives?  Many of us live in a life that is consumed by more activities, more demands, more commitments.  The one thing that hasn’t changed is the amount of time we have.   A day is still 24 hours long.  A minute is still sixty seconds in length.

We choose how we use that time.   We choose what our focus will be.

If we think about life balance as a life balance pyramid, we’ll see that the pyramid is made up of three distinct focus areas.  Those areas are body, mind, and spirit.

Body is our physical body, and it’s needs.  Mind is our mental/psychological/emotional needs.  Spirit is where we find deep meaning in our lives, the beliefs we have of a higher power, or of something greater than ourselves.

Life balance is about balancing these three areas of our lives.

And we have to decide if the activities we are doing are in alignment with what this life balance pyramid means to us individually.  For instance, if you are sitting down to watch your favorite television program, is this in alignment with your life balance pyramid?  The answer is “it depends”.  It is if this is what you need to give your mind a rest, or if this brings you relaxation.  It is not, though, if you are doing this to avoid something else that would bring you into balance, or if this becomes excessive, leaving you little time to spend on other areas of your life.

While the base pyramid is the same for everyone, what really makes up these three areas – what’s underneath the surface – is a very personal pyramid.  Determining what those things are that are underlying the main areas of body, mind, and spirit is a personal journey into “you”.  Looking at life balance without looking deeply at what matters is what leads to balance that gets “out of whack”, balance that is jumbled up, balance that is backwards.  So, the key then, is finding what it is that is most important in your life.  And this requires a real look into ourselves, a deep introspection into who we really are.

Balance doesn’t mean that we are always devoting equal time to each of these areas.  Balance means that we are aware of these areas, we are aware of their existence in our lives, we are giving each area the necessary devotion so that we feel our lives are balanced.  Some days that will mean more emphasis on the needs of our body, other days more focus will be on our spiritual needs, and yet other days focus will be on our mind.

So, how does balance get backwards, or jumbled up?  This happens when we are not focusing on the real needs of our bodies, minds, and spirits.  When we focus too much of our time on activities that are not in alignment with what our body, mind, or spirit truly call for.  And when our balance gets jumbled up, that’s when we begin to loose focus.  That’s when we fall out of our element – out of what we were meant to do.  We are creatures created to have a life of abundance.  When our lives are not in balance, true abundance is missing.

A life of abundance and joy is possible.  All it takes is balancing our body, mind, and spirit needs.  Take the time to really determine what this means for you, and then live that out everyday.  Make each twenty four hour day of your life be in alignment with what you desire.  A life of balance is awaiting you!

Note: This article is my submission into the Life Balance Group Writing Project, created by Stacey from CreateABalance.com.

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