My Thoughts: Balance, The Key of Life

Lately I’ve been thinking about this word ‘Balance’. This is most probably a word no stranger to any of us, yet at the same time, Balance seems to be as difficult to comprehend, as enigmatic a word as ‘Love’. We know how to spell the word, heard about what it’s about, read about what it’s about, but when it comes to understanding it, we all have different concepts and idea as to what it really is, we may believe we are in ‘love’, but perhaps like Romeo of Shakespeare, we are in love with the idea of being in love. And maybe for some others, we will never really comprehend what this (four-letter) word truly stands for.

First of all, it seems right from the get go, balance seems to be the super glue that is keeping this universe intact. Scientist has said that earth as a place of inhabitance stands as a remarkable monument for fact that it is just about the right amount of distance away from the sun. Unconfirmed theories say that any closer, earth will cease as men’s ideal metropolis due to heightened temperatures, any further we would freeze. I’m no scientist pardon me, but I find it rather fascinating that the earth’s magnetic core is at just the right dose of pull from the sun such that earth doesn’t just drift away into nothingness.

When it comes to seasons, it seems that the arrival of the four seasons are timed perfectly, falling in place much like the schedule of a wedding coordinator. Any premature or delayed arrival of any of the aforementioned would upset the balance to the dismay most certainly to the people whose trade solely rely on it; farmers for example, or cause a stir in the climate, in a bad way which we are seeing more frequently these days.

When it comes to the food that we eat, the stuff we drink, new discoveries (which is pretty amazing) are made regularly; altering what we thought right to be wrong. They say water is good, but then again too much of the hydrogen-oxygen compound diminishes the efficiency of our kidneys, or worse induce water intoxication. Coffee as we are told, are harmful to the health. But research lately sheds light on the benefits of this caffeine-packed beverage. This is just a stone’s throw as more discoveries are made as the day passes. The same can be said of red wine. Right turned wrong, wrong turned right, lines blurred. How do we weigh this in in our lives, how do we balance our intake since too much of a good thing can be bad?

Vices such as consumption of drugs and sex-related activities, what determines right from wrong? Isn’t drugs first created to better the lives of man, relieving excruciating pains from one’s body? Isn’t sex a form of pleasure given as a gift from God to man and woman in the name of husband and wife? How do we reconcile the fallen form? This weighing scale seems rather fragile doesn’t it.

Taking it closer to home, living in a fast-paced society such as Singapore demands efficiency, efficiency and more efficiency. This seems to transcend all areas of our lives. We are told to be efficient in our handling when it comes to work, play, rest, family, marriage, relationships. Additional emphasis of one particular area of our life can cause everything else to crumble down. Work-life balance grows in eminence as we see increasing digits of Singaporeans struggling to keep it all together. Even a feather in the form of any of the above seem to be able to tip the balance.

The conclusion I can draw? We will probably spend the rest of our lives finding the balance to everything that we do, and we may never find it even when we come down to our last breath, but that’s the beauty of life, isn’t it? Dynamic, not static, uncertain, allows for adventure. And we just got to take things one at a time, living in the moment while still making plans for the future.

It seems that God purposed it that way. And I thank God we have Him (and Jesus and Holy Spirit) to guide us through life and its complicated threads.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
    And a time to die;
A time to plant,
    And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
    And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
    And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
    And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
    And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
    And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
    And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
    And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
    And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
    And a time to speak;
A time to love,
    And a time to hate;
A time of war,
    And a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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