Today required some awareness for the need to balance. Balance requires the art of focus — from my brain, my heart, my body, my soul — and I do recognize that I sometimes choose to focus on that which temporarily tips the scales toward chaotic creativity. Ideas are large — sometimes enormous — and time and resources are sometimes limited.
This is certainly not to complain. I have learned that ideas can stay alive and healthy while balancing them to a place that still feels right, do-able, and rewarding. When I pay attention, I am better able to balance. Anne Frank wrote in her diary: “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart” (Frank, 2001-2010). Her words. Wow. Full Stop. Re-read. Amazing, aren’t they?
Although my ideals and subsequent ideas may sometimes appear to be “absurd” or even “impossible” to incorporate into my daily living, the idyllic life-learning environment for me is an amiable, generous, and benevolent experience. In my own personal learning journey, much of it can be defined as being those sparks in time that have engaged my brain’s limbic system – that most primitive part of the brain associated with basic needs and emotions. When I link emotional brain to rational brain, all sorts of amazing creativity rises to the surface.
It is then when all creative Hades busts loose. I am all over the map. Folders are created. Documents are saved with obscure titles and then stored willy nilly in the new folders. Ideas are scrawled on Post-It notes. My Idea Notebook is flipped open. I grab a Sharpie and start scribbling on a vision board. Scraps and notes are slipped into a drawer of the antique fruit dryer. I text myself obscure reminders. I eat pasta. I write on my bathroom mirror in lipstick. I decide to apply for another degree program. I go dancing to tame ideas into a basic rhythm. It is on me alone to skim that which appeals best to my creative hand. All the while, swimming in ideas that all feel so great at the time . . . but what to do with all of them? Where to store them for my eventual return?
James Allen wrote: “A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.” This quote is in accord with the importance of becoming self-actualized in order to reach individual and unique maximum potential. Allen’s idea that there is “a harmonious adjustment” between our internal and external worlds is in absolute alignment with my life philosophy.
Alignment. This requires focus. This is to say that I must explore both worlds in order to achieve authenticity and balance in my living and in my learning and my believing. We are most convincing when we truly believe what we express to others. When we are passionate about our beliefs, others respond to the energy we exude. We live more fully. We laugh more readily. We love more easily.
By acting upon our beliefs, we show others that we mean what we say, and our energy ripples outward into the world. We are each given unique abilities and a purpose that we bring to the world. Like a puzzle piece, we each have our own place and are equally important to the complete picture. By sharing our passion with the world, we may help to awaken others to their purpose, guiding them to find their place in the puzzle. (Daily OM, 2010).