I keep running into discussions about balance. A recent church service was titled, “Balancing Act.” The quote on the order of service was from Albert Rubinstein: “There is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” And a recent blog by author Lee Martin was about balance in shaping a narrative, about finding the fulcrum point where everything changes. Martin suggests, “At some point in our writing process, we’d be wise to think about what that fulcrum event will be. If you’re writing memoir, you might identify a particular time period of your life—your high school years, for example—and you might think of the one thing that happened that changed everything for you.” Martin says, “All you have to do is follow the aftermath of that moment to its significant end.”
We often do follow some “fulcrum event” for years and years of our lives. Yet, I think with mindfulness, we can choose if a long ago event is what we want to pay homage to throughout this one wild and precious life.