How Balanced Is Your Life?

Are you missing one of its essential parts?

Living Faith by James M. Dakis

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Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

Don’t we all want balance in life?

Just out of curiosity, I Googled, “How do I balance my life?” Not wanting to spend the rest of my life reading even a fraction of the search results, I was satisfied just to know that the return got me 2,240,000,000 results! That means that there are over 2 and a quarter billion places on the internet where I can find the “answer” to how to get balance in my life… or so someone thinks.

Why is this so important? Why do we have so many questions about it? Is life so complicated that most, if not all, of us are tipping one way or another and need to find a way to get centered? If I had to give a short answer to this question it would be probably, at least most of us.

For the record, this article is in no way an attempt at giving a magical answer to this question.

Defining the tripod on which we balance

For centuries, it seems that man has felt that the physical and mental wellbeing were very separate and needed to be treated as such. In fact, unless someone exhibited signs of extreme mental illness, at least as defined by society and medicine of the day, any stresses on the mental and emotional wellbeing of the individual were expected to be dealt with before simply moving on. The effects on the physical person were not seen or appreciated. In other words, if a person exhibited signs of being “insane”, “crazy”, or what in some particular societies may even be aligned with being possessed by evil spirits, he or she was treated as an outcast; the physical health being a totally different and unrelated concern. Such persons were, when identified, institutionalized when possible.

Change comes to mental health.

Although credited as the “Father of Modern Psychology”, Sigmund Freud was actually a neurologist with a cocaine addiction and some rather strange theories about human behavior, many of which are discounted by mental health professionals today. However, he did bring the acceptance of treating mental health as a medical condition into the public eye as far back as the…

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Living Faith by James M. Dakis

Christian minister writing to inspire and encourage others in their daily walk with the Lord.