Seth Messinger’s review of La Vie de Marianne
Living a balanced life in an unbalanced world
Next Thursday, June 21, depending on where you live, is either the longest or the shortest day of the year. As I contemplate the arrival of summer, I got to thinking how, as professionals, we set ourselves up to believe that we can achieve balance in life — balance among work, health, family and friends, and outside passions. After all, if the earth is only in balance twice a year during the spring and fall equinox, why should we expect to be in balance on a daily basis? As someone who struggles with balance, I have realized that the concept might benefit from a revision. Perhaps balance is really more of a long game. Is the trick really to better understand what it is we want in our lives and work to ensure we achieve that?
Peace, calm, and self-acceptance blossomed as I released the pursuit of perfection and made peace with messy. When I awoke to the truth that joy and pain can coexist, I started laughing more and scanning for the beauty in each ordinary day. Realizing that life is both imperfect and beautiful and offering myself permission to tilt instead of balance made space for me to step into my creative work and craft a more compassionate life. To me, while balance connotes constant micro-shifts and vigilance to ensure equilibrium, and leaves me exhausted, tilting feels slower, gentler, and more forgiving. When I picture myself tilting, I consider a tree that has put down deep strong roots which allow it to be flexible and resilient. Some days it stands upright and serene, other days it sways gently, and when fierce storms come it might lose a branch here or there, but it bends with the winds and does not break. Being clear on my top values and priorities for this season, and this day, yet not trying to force each one to get equal playing time.
It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life - the 7 F's of Oola fitness, finance, family, field career , faith, friends and fun. Friends, you all know I'm about finding calm in the chaos and beauty in the madness. Finding a lesson through any experience in life is a beautiful way to look at what's happening in your life and to help you find your calm. I would never wish rock bottom on anyone. Believe me. But if you happen to find yourself there, or in any form of madness or chaos, look for the lesson. What is this moment teaching you and how can you put the lesson to use?
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Since the first copy of the original book, Oola: Find balance in an Unbalanced World , rolled off the presses a few years ago, the Oola Lifestyle has become a literal phenomenon—a dynamic movement. In their VW Surf bus, authors Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun have taken their OolaDream tour on the road, from coast-to-coast, collecting dreams and goals for a balanced life from people who adorn their vehicle with colorful Oola stickers. Their surf bus is currently covered 24 layers in the hand-written dreams from people they have met along their amazing adventure. The OolaGuys are committed to changing the world with a word by collecting 1,, dreams and feeding 1,, children. This starts with a better you.
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June 28, by tammykennington. As a little girl, I was enthralled by tight rope walkers. The thrum , thrum, thrum in my ears nearly matched the staccato of the drum roll as the circus performer scampered with seeming ease from one end of the wire other to the other. When obligations, expectations and unwelcome revelations continued to pile themselves one atop the other until I began listing from side to side, my attention wandering from the Point of it all to the distraction of that day or month or year. Slip off the side. Drop that something or someone who relies on us to keep moving forward.