Currently in England the news is fronted by the fact that there are a large number of homes who have been flooded out for the past month. It has rained so heavily and consistently throughout late December 2013 and January 2014 that the water is simply sitting, unable to run away. Now granted these areas were in the past some kind of water plan or prone to being water-logged about hundred years ago but things had change enough over the years for people to build properties there and their lively hood. People were able to accept the intermittent times when the water levels became excessive but the scale and length of time has taken them beyond anything they have ever experienced and such is the damage that people are now struggling to find normality. The stagnant water has brought significant problems regarding sewage, transport, looking after life stock and the planting of crops, to name a few.
Ironically, I remembered, oh, not so long ago when we had control measures imposed on us due to the lack of ground water. The ground was so dry and hard the rain simply ran off and was called surface water, rather than penetrating and working its way down to where it was needed in the lower water table. Then the question from many a lip was ‘ This is England how can there not be enough water?’
So I ask myself can you have too much of a good thing? Too much sun, too much rain, too much wealth, too many friends, too much work?
Can you have too much love? I would really love to say NO! But, as with the rain situation I think the key is balance. Love has to be balanced with discipline. Work needs to be balanced with family and friends. I believe everything has something to counter it and when this is missing, things go out of kilter.
I have heard stories (as I have not experienced such wealth) where wealthy people have not left there children any of their inheritance. Why? Because they feel they need to make it on their own. They need to find the inner grit like their parents had to, in order to build their own wealth. For these wealthy people, being a person born into wealth is to easy and as a consequence would not shape them (their children) enough as people.
Now, for me, I personally see that as to harsh and to extreme a judgement. I would prefer to plant a financial seed in their life and tell them to build on it rather than give them nothing at all. For why would you go through all that struggle of building something called wealth, if not for the betterment of your family if you have one?
So continuous over indulgence, over working, over eating, extreme goal setting have a consequence even if they seem good at the time. In anything that takes you to extremes it means you loose yourself and you are no longer in control of it but it is in control of you and you are now dancing to its tune.
The bible says ‘It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.’ Proverbs 25:27
1 Corinthians 10:23-33 ‘Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.’
As a Coach my joy is seeing people achieve their dreams, but not at the cost or expense of themselves, family and friends. BALANCE is essential.
In life it’s not the good times that stretch and grow us, it’s the valley. Our adverse times. I have heard it said that a plant or tree establishes its roots and strength through the wind that blows around it.
So have you got balance in your life? When was the last time you reviewed all aspects in your life? What needs to change? What is there to little off right now? Are there any extremes? Would love to hear your comments if you changed something for the better?
Be the change you want to be!
Until next time.
Aquene7 – Peace