The two Equinoxes each year represent the points at which light and darkness come into balance. The Earth slows its rotation, and for a moment all is equal.
This is a point of balance.
The Equinox offers us the opportunity to check on the balance we have in our lives.
To start, let’s dispel the myth of “work-life balance.” The inability to attain it is often a source of much frustration, made worse by the fact that work-life balance simply doesn’t exist.
Work is a part of life, a slice of the pie. That pie has other slices as well: relationships, hobbies, creative practice, health, and so on.
Trying to achieve work-life balance is like trying to balance a slice of pie against the whole pie.
Instead, we can look within any area or across the overarching patterns in our lives, to find where the scales may be out of balance.
One place to look is giving and receiving. When we over give without receiving in return, we can feel depleted and resentful.
You might think automatically about money or time, but I invite you to also consider your giving and receiving in the context of other currencies, such as:
The above is just a start; I invite you to consider what other “currencies” in your life may be out of balance.
Bringing our giving and receiving back into balance across the various slices of our lives can help us achieve greater equilibrium, and is more attainable than the “work-life balance” you may be striving for.