Posts Tagged ‘balance’

Lately, it’s been hard for me to write. As soon as I “put pen to paper,” I look at what I’ve written and immediately think that it isn’t good enough. It’s driving me crazy. Does anyone else have that problem? No, that’s not a rhetorical question (I really am asking people that question). Amusing as that may seem, it has seriously hindered me from putting my thoughts down on paper, in this blog. But, today, I’m just going to write. I won’t edit myself. That’s funny, isn’t it! It all comes down to balance. To balance one’s life, to balance one’s learning, and to appreciate the meaning of balance is one of the important lessons to learn.

ray of light

Ray of light, shining over and through the mountains.

When I visualize my own thought processes, I see things as rays of light, shining brightly, and shining through the tops of things. Because light shines over the top of a landscape, the natural balance of nature inspires us to learn, to learn lessons, and to become a path to that which we seek.


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Some days, doesn’t it seem like there is this thing called “space” on one end of a stick and “time” on another end, and all we’re doing is balancing the two? See, we have to get from one place (point ‘a’) to another place (point ‘b’) in a certain amount of time. Others rely on that! Someone expects us to be at a certain place at a certain time, or, we, ourselves, expect to be somewhere, at a certain place, at a certain time. Well, the title of this blog refers to “Learned Things” (that’s Learn-ed, two syllables, in case you’re asking…), so you’re probably wondering, what’s so learned about balancing time and space? Read on!

Consider this scenario: what if you never had to be on-time for anything. You sat on a park bench all day long reading a book, feeding birds. Nighttime approaches, but you really don’t have to be anywhere, or even go home to your bed to sleep. Isn’t that the ultimate in timelessness? Normally, we keep track of where we have to be. Right now you are reading this blog. You know you have a few minutes left before you have something else to do, so you continue reading. If someone asks if you are busy, you probably say “Oh, well I’m reading, I’ll be there in a few minutes,” or something to that effect. Again, limitations of time and space. What I’m trying to get at is what happens if you don’t have to be anywhere, at any time. Now, saying “Well I have all day” doesn’t count, because what about tomorrow? I’m talking about having unlimited time.

Back to balancing that space vs time “stick” mentioned in the first paragraph. If the time you have is unlimited, won’t that throw off the stick? Make it impossible to balance? Hmm? When I look at a typical day, it’s made up of discrete moments, all grouped together. If you don’t want to search all around the internet about “space time,” there’s an interesting piece on “stacking” time written by a U of P professor, found here¬†and there’s even a cool looking illustration (much better drawn than my illustrations ha ha) of this spiraly circular stacked time thingy. This circular-ish illustration kinda depicts a typical week for me. Anyway, back on point, back to that balanced stick.

balancingWhat happens if your time is finite, so finite it feels constrained? Then, dear reader, the stick will tilt the other way. Space becomes heavy. WE feel heavy and burdened. So constantly, we balance space with time. Please let others know about this blog, as I would most definitely like to hear your comments, and suggestions on this post, particularly your experiences balancing the two as unique entities, instead of a free-flowing river.

In conclusion, the essence of what we experience in our day to day life of learning about stuff, education, and absorbing information seems contingent on how much time we allot to such pursuits. We are finite creatures, in that we will be ‘alive’ on this earthly realm for a set number of human years (after which is a matter for discussion in another place, another time). We have to count minutes, hours, and days; we have to consider what happens next, what we do next, and most importantly, what we choose to study.

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