Balance. It applies to so many things around us. Have you ever thought about what is needed to keep specific things in balance? Such as what is required to keep the air being cooled by the air conditioner in your home? Or what about what happens if you add more yeast in a bread recipe? Most of us have probably experienced an out of balance tire on our vehicles, it certainly makes for a rougher ride especially for the driver.
Today I was reading over some of my previous posts, especially those which had information which was new to me. These questions came to mind – How does this information affect my direction? What about any information which presents an opportunity for me to change? What if there is something presented which shows an obvious need for change but the change is just not plausible?
What do we do when we want the best health choice for ourselves or a family member but for what ever reason it’s not an option for us? For instance, a topic which is often hotly debated is formula v. breastfeeding. If you have seen my other posts you probably figured out I have strong convictions regarding the subject. But, I want to share that even though I advocate exclusive breastfeeding I was faced with the challenge of being in a situation where it just wasn’t viable!
My oldest had severe re-flux and my youngest had a sudden stop in growth. In an attempt to provide a solution for my children to get back on a track, formula entered our lives. What I have found is sometimes we are faced with solutions of A or B. We want option A but it’s not possible. So we choose the next option that benefits us the most.
Now, how do we balance out our convictions and our circumstances? What do we do when we know solution A is the better health choice but it is not capable of meeting immediate health needs? What if we really, really want that solution? From past experience that is one of the roughest roads to navigate. Having others in my life who were supportive and helpful in guiding me through the turns was indispensable.
What is interesting is some of the supporters had similar convictions, but there were some who were on the other side of the spectrum. Reminiscing on this got me thinking about how much we can learn from others when we view things from their perspective or through their circumstances. The valuable insights that we gain.
For instance, the person who encouraged me the most to pursue this profession has some convictions which differ from mine. We have “topics” that we are on very different pages. But I look forward to talking with this person and bouncing ideas off of them as much as, and in some ways more than, those who I already have a common view with.
This afternoon we had another one of our encouraging conversations, but since our conversation I have been pondering what is it about them that I look forward to what their perception is? Why is it that even though we may be at opposite ends I crave their insights?
I have come to the conclusion it is balance. They know how to balance their convictions with a sincere desire to know the perspective of others. I am so thankful to have such a great mentor and guide. Its people like these who make overcoming health obstacles possible.