I have blogged about balance many times before – blogged about the ways I weave my life together in order to maximize what I accomplish, how I clarify my vision for my life, how I set my goals, how I use those things to balance my life.
And it has worked for me. Most of the time.
Until I found myself flat on my back, unable to work, unable to write.
Then I had to redefine balance.
Now that I am on the mend – getting ready to return to work, beginning to write again, pushing myself a bit to see what I can handle – now I need to again clarify what my goals are and how I am going to achieve balance with a new set of rules. New boundaries.
Christina Katz talks about clarity in her newest edition of the Prosperous Writer. She defines clarity as not just as knowing what you want and need, but also clearly defining what you don’t want and don’t need.
Ah, the key…defining both sides of the equation!
I have always written goals – clarified what I wanted to accomplish – and used that to help balance the things I needed to do. But I have not done a good job of clarifying the things I don’t want.
Things like excess drama and angst, clutter and chaos – all of the things that have thrown me out of balance.
I believe things happen for a reason in our life – our job is to figure out what that reason is. For me, I have been forced to stop, re-evaluate things and find my purpose again. My balance will be born from that purpose.
I really don’t know what is in store for me – but I am getting clarity every day on both what I want – and what I don’t want.
How do you guys re-evaluate your priorities when things go awry? How do you find clarity?