Sunday, October 3, 2010

Are You Levelheaded?

One of my biggest challenges these days is finding balance in my life.  Now, I know that sentence may mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.  For me, though, striving for a more balanced life means finding enough time to do all of the myriad things I need to do in order to live the fulfilled, happy, healthy, successful, complete life I want.

I often talk about my triad of balance: that intricate juggling act of keeping my mind, body, and spirit smooth, clear, clean, and working on all cylinders.  That is another necessity that I must include as a vital part of my daily existence.

On of the best ways to attain all of the above is by living a levelheaded life.

What does being levelheaded mean to you?

* Do little upsets in your routine send you flying over the edge?

* Are you quick to anger when someone cuts you off in traffic?

* Once your mind is made up, are you inflexible to changing it?

* Do you see the big picture or only that part of the equation that works best for you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then chances are you are not a levelheaded person most of the time. And while that is an opportunity on which you can focus, it doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person.  It shows that you are human.  We all, at times, express ourselves in ways that we wish we had not.  But, after all, as human beings we are prone to bouts of behavior that we rue.

What to do?


I suggest  that when the urge to react to life in a not-so-levelheaded manner presents itself that you take a breath, during which you contemplate and embrace your triad of balance, giving equal attention to what makes your mind complete, your body vibrant and happy, and your spirit fulfilled, and then react.  You will be surprised by how different your reaction to adverse situation will be once you take personal accountability on how that reaction affects others…and affects you.

The key to keeping your head while all others are losing theirs is to be on top of your emotions, which assists you with your reactions when adversity strikes.  As it will do more often that we want.

Compare yourself to a fine-tuned athlete, someone who has focused and worked for years honing their skill, refining their craft, and striving to be able to deal with any and all situations that present themselves during their sporting moments.  Life, if considered this way, as an ongoing sporting moment, one that needs to be reacted to with as much  of a level, calm, positive, and healthy head as one can muster, can better be dealt with.

By being prepared, by constantly working on balancing your triad, by staying sharp, in shape, spiritually aware and content, and by maintaining your sense of humor, you will be able to react and enjoy and embrace and deal with life better than you ever thought possible.

Levelheaded people enjoy life more, have better success, and live longer.  Look it up and think about it…

Until next time…

peace,

Mike

6 comments:

Jackie said...

Been a while since I visited, need to catch up on your posts.

I have never been very level headed. Thankfully retirement has sorted out most problems. I don't need to go on highways anymore, the casual jobs I get have no stress involved and I can eat, sleep and meet friends at times I want and not when life dictates I must. My friends and associates call me eccentric which also helps as anything I do or say that they think strange is accepted without question by them LOL.

suZen said...

Hi Mike! Happy Birthday, btw! Ever since I burned my t-shirt that said "Caution: Reactor" I've slid quietly and happily and peacefully into a more balanced, less reactive, state of mind. Practicing the art of allowing things to be the way the are sounds so passively boring - it's not! I use my energy in ways that benefit others as well as myself.
hugs
suZen

healy said...

I am back!nice post really. To me, being level-headed means using your common sense over your emotions. It means being able to rationalize and make decisions based on all the criteria at hand... but, not losing your human side in the process (some feelings have to come into play, sometimes... like, compassion, understanding, and simple belief). I think we all have an inner voice that speaks to us in a very positive way. I would suggest listening to it while you are making your decisions, whatever they are.

Property said...

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livinghealthywithrichard said...

My focus on living a healthy, balanced life has changed my life - to the extent of my recovering from serious illness (heart attack, stroke, prostate cancer).

I not only post on healthy living - I read posts on healthy living and this post of yours gave me pause for thought as well as validation for making the effort to live a healthy - and balanced - life