The Power of balance

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Aristotle argued that all virtue in life is achieved by “maintaining the Golden Mean”. This means that, in order to find happiness, people should always strive for a balance between 2 extremes.

 

The Takeaway

Cultivating balance throughout our lives is one of the most difficult challenges we face. It’s easy to get carried away with certain things and let them dominate them our lives.

But by doing so, we open ourselves up to falling down in other areas of our lives.

We cannot expect to go on a two-day bender and show up for work in a day’s time as nothing happened.

It doesn’t work that way.

This is a road to ruin. If we push too much in one direction, we will lose all sense of ourselves, crash and burn.

Balance is important to keep us grounded and on the straight and narrow. Too much of anything is bad, even if it is good in small doses.

Too much reading and mental activity will be devoid of physical fitness. Too much exercise and not enough rest, and we will wear ourselves out. Too much work and we will become dull and boring in social situations.

The key is to maintain a balance among all of your pursuits and your daily activities.

By being balanced, we are in full controls of our faculties and able to perform to the best of our ability.

Balance is delicate, if we stray over the edge too much, we risk losing it all.

As Aristotle said:

“Moderation in all things.”

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