Xtreme is that a word? I admit I found it difficult to find an X word for the AtoZ Challenge. When I did the 2016 AtoZ Challenge my ‘X’ word was ‘X’ Factor so I couldn’t use that. It was all about finding your ‘X Factor’ so you might care to read it if you have lost your mojo at the moment.
Okay back to Xtreme my ‘X’ word and finding the right balance in your life.
During the AtoZ Guide to Thriving in Life, there has been a common thread. This message is that in order to Thrive we need to place more importance on taking care of ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually. I’ve talked about ‘the busyness of life’ where some of us wear being busy as a badge of honour. I’ve discussed Quality over Quantity in all areas of our life and also the importance of taking time for ourselves through Self-Care and improving our ability to say ‘No’ when we need to without feeling guilty.
We live in a world of extreme, whether it be extreme sports, having the biggest and brightest of everything or working long hours at the expense of our well-being. We live in a world of extreme behaviours where violence and disrespect is every increasing.
We are constantly told that we need to be the best, we need to change, we need to make more of our lives. We are looking for something that might be a mirage and pushing ourselves to unnecessary limits. ‘Keeping up with the Jones’ is just not sustainable.
What if we feel we are our best?
What if we feel we are enough?
I know at the moment, my daughter is preparing for my grandson’s 4th birthday party. We were having brunch for our mutual friend’s 50th last weekend, and my daughter mentioned during the conversation, about the pressure to deliver a perfect party these days.
My daughter is an executive who works long hours and the time she spends with her son is definitely quality time. Both his Mum and Dad are adamant that they don’t want my grandson to grow up with an ‘entitled’ attitude or believing that everything you have in life is handed to you on a plate. He is growing up surrounded by love.
Her thoughts on the party are that it doesn’t matter what the other parents think or do as long as her son and his friends have fun and enjoy his birthday party. She isn’t going to try to turn herself inside out achieving an unreasonable standard trying to impress others. She has found her ‘enough’. I’m proud of her for taking a stand.
Finding the right balance in your life to thrive
Forget about the Xtremes in life, we need to the find the right balance for each of us as individuals. One size doesn’t fit all so you need to look at your own life and discover what works for you and what doesn’t.
I love this quote from Lori Dechene which really says it all.
What can you do to bring some more balance to your life?
In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘Y’ is for YOU – Celebrating YOU. I do hope you will join me.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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