Day 154 — Balancing Act

Yin-YangLife is all about Yin and Yang.

You see, Yin is this 3-foot-tall little Chinese gal who’s also known as Yellow Woman.

Yang is not much bigger but hails from the hinterlands of North Dakota and wears lots of feathers. Think Hiawatha. Some people call him Red Man. Together, they created the Orangemen of Syracuse University.

Just kidding.

Nonetheless, life is all about yin-yang. Put concisely—balance.

By definition, yin and yang are complementary opposites within a greater whole and constantly interact. They never exist in absolute stasis.

Ann believes in that ancient Chinese philosophy, but in today’s world I think we, as a hurting nation that lives with an unemployment rate approaching double digits, struggle with balance.

However, we don’t struggle talking about it. So many life coaches talk about about the importance of striking a balance that it’s become a cliché.

For example, if you’re so lucky to work and earn a living, you might work too much—out of necessity or stupidity—and not leave enough quality time for your family, lover or yourself. If you eat too much, you’ll get fat. If you hoard your money, you’ll grow rich but emotionally poor, and on and on.

Ann has been guilty of all of the above except hoarding her money. When she did have a padded bank account, she was generous with others and never expected anything back in return. She believes that you get back what you give.

Ann also has been overweight—up to 173 pounds. She hasn’t weighed that in eons. She’s a happy 123 pounds. She still goes back and forth between working too much and not enough.

She’d love to restore the forces of yin-yang in her life so that her unemployed status would transform from reality to a memory. [The temping doesn’t cut it.]

But as the father of Taoism, Lao Tzu, wrote, “….If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish….”

To the powers that represent me on Capitol Hill, are you listening?

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