January 14, 2018

How do we Obtain Balance?

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
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Individuals must determine what gives them joy, peace of mind, and strength. It’s not healthy to live in fear and anger. In fact, it’s not beneficial to let any of our emotions constantly rule.

This is my second article featuring Brianna Arauz’ brilliant ideas and quotes on balance. Please see the first writing here.

I will begin by paraphrasing leaders’ suggestions she mentioned. I will follow with her exact words. I have divided her thoughts into two categories.

M. Russell Ballard
  • Set priorities.
  • Create lists.
  • Make quiet time and think deeply about where you are and where you want to go.
  • Set goals.

N. Eldon Tanner
  • Use self-control.
  • Clear away any self-deception
  • Set goals.
( Now for Brianna’s words…)

Have healthy relationships and forgive others.
To be balanced, I feel that we need to be at right with one another. Everyone has had problems with people. Let’s face it; we’re human beings. We’re going to get into arguments. But the thing that can get us down the most is when we have grudges against each other. Now sometimes the other person may have done things that were really wrong to do. Sometimes they won’t apologize. You may be thinking to yourself, they have no right to be forgiven. But what good does holding a grudge do for us? It’s just a burden we have to lug around. Why do that? The Savior implores us in Matthew 11:28-30 . (KJV)
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The Savior will give us rest as we let Him take our burdens away. We will not only find rest, but we will be a lot happier, too :)
Lastly, we need to stay focused on the Savior. I have an example that I think applies pretty well to this concept. So, I do ballet, and in ballet, we have to balance much of the time; whether we are doing turns, or just warm-up exercises. We are able to keep our balance as we focus on something that is still, unmoving. The dance studio that I go to has its walls all decorated so I can usually focus on a small dot or whatnot; or if I’m facing the mirror, my nose :) We all need something steady to focus on, something that will not change, and what better things to center our lives on than Jesus Christ?
My Conclusion

We can’t move to the next level by hanging on to what is finished, or what’s out of our control. Distraction is the enemy of progress. If something is weighing us down like baggage, it’s time to let it go. (Ha! Much, much easier said than done, I know.)  

Our main goal in life should be to find peace of mind. We cannot be peaceful, if we’re out of balance. That’s the simple truth.

We find stability when we concentrate on sharpening our focus, forgiveness, organization, and analytical thinking. This is the way to true joy and strength.

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How are you working on balance?

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