Today I am thankful that there is balance in the universe. Call it what you like, yin/yang, chi, ebb/flow, what goes around comes around. Our brilliant Creator put order and balance in play with His first command to take that which was formless and give it form. With each act of creation He provided opposites to balance each other out. He gave us light and separated it from the darkness; land was divided by water, creatures of the water and the land, male and female – even good and evil.
Each end of the scale has its place and purpose. In life we have seasons of serving and seasons of being served. When those seasons get too out of balance one can find themselves either exhausted from pouring out and not being poured into, or they could be found wallowing in being needy. There will always be those among us in need, but even the least of these has the ability to do something for others. Time is free.
Yes, I believe what goes around, comes around; what you sow you will reap. However, it is not our role to be continually looking around the corner to reap quickly. Sometimes it takes a while to arrive on the other side of sowing. Just as you can’t rush the oceans movement from high tide to low tide, you can’t rush the laws of natural balance. The journey between the two is what forms our character. All we can be responsible for is our role, attitude or place in the great balance of life we live in.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
There are those individuals who in their 20’s after graduating college are true go-getters. They work hard, get involved and are all about their upwardly mobile status. But somewhere along the way they slow down and begin to cruise; maybe they gain a little market knowledge and begin to think they know a little something. They get into their routines of life, work, family, children — all very important. But in doing so, they don’t get involved, they just fill their time being busy — or rather they let their time GET filled with stuff. But are they continuing to learn and expand their mind and life-experiences. Are they watching life go by on their television screens or are they engaging in interesting and meaningful activities? Are you an active participant in life? This quote from Benjamin Franklin made me wonder…
There is a line from the movie Shawshank Redemption, “You either get busy living or get busy dying.”
So, what are you doing today? Are you expanding your experiences and knowledge of life, love and all there is in this great big world? What are you doing?