Striving to keep your balance is a fool’s errand.
Instead, learn to improve your balance, allowing you to recover your balance faster.
Consider an Olympic ice skater.
They work very, very hard to keep their balance.
And yet, they fall.
Just like we do.
If anyone would have perfected keeping their balance, it would be them.
And, not just during practice, they fall when the stakes are the highest – during competition.
But they get up in a blink of an eye.
This tells me:
- We must accept that we will fall.
- We can learn the skills to keep our balance more often.
- In small ways, every day, I can practice recovering from falls and keeping my balance.
The first step though is awareness.
Awareness of those times we feel off-balance, even when no one notices.
Awareness that others sometimes see us off-balance before we do.
Awareness that recovering well is more important than never failing.
Awareness that tomorrow we can be a little more aware.
Questions for the reader:
Looking back, what situations make you feel off-balance?
How did you react when off-balance?
How would you like to respond instead?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.