Wise Words from the Balance Wheel®
Through the eyes of a child
Retirementor, Colleen-Joy Page, reminds us that Play can help us find our Purpose.
If 20 people see a sunset, why can’t all 20 see its beauty? Is the sunset giving more beauty to only some?
Often, we don’t give ourselves permission to see life’s beauty or to free the natural playfulness within us. Sometimes we think life has taken joy from us, or that we can only have fun under certain conditions. But, remember the child within you: rediscover the joy of simple things: the feel of sunlight on your skin, the joy of dancing with abandon, or the night stars, as you lie on the cool grass and breathe in the awe of the cosmos.
Sometimes if we are willing to drop our expectations, and see with the innocent fresh curious eyes of a child, we can find fun and joy in any moment. Ask yourself: “What do I really feel like doing right now?”.
What answers would free you to play?
Don’t be a tourist to your own life; let beauty, joy and play be free within you to fill all the empty spaces.
Redefining Work makes it meaningful
Retirementor, Lynda Smith, coaches her clients to define their passion and talents.
She uses this diagram helps them to craft a new kind of work. “It is critical to experiment and plan – think of all roles your portfolio life might include: consulting, volunteering, Board member, mentoring, a whole new enterprise, collaborating,“ Lynda says.
Lynda’s approach has three steps:
1. Create your Individual Vision List of goals to achieve, dreams to fulfil, experiences to have. Prioritise the 10 most important ideas on your list.
2. Share your list with your spouse or partner: listen to each other; appreciate what the other wants
3. Create a shared vision based on both lists. Figure out a flexible timeline.
Learning to love dance … together
Our clients, Brian and Ronelle Baker, were surprised that their second foray into learning to dance was so different to their first. Now they are having fun, keeping fit, learning and growing their relationship at the same time.
You can find their story by clicking here. Why not try a new area of learning and fun for yourself?
Creating healthy habits can change your life
Our wellness Retirementor, Joni Peddie, reminds us how essential daily health habits are to maintain physical flexibility.
Feeling tense and depleted at the end of a day doesn’t have to be the norm. Try stretching (in a subtle or deliberate way) every hour – it’s a great way to release stress and ground yourself. Stretching relaxes your muscles and increases blood flow throughout your body.
Stretch while you are lying in bed, in the shower, even in the car – simple neck turns and arm stretches will do the trick. When reaching for something on a top shelf, take a breath, move slowly and hold the stretch for 20 seconds. (www.resilientenergycenter.com)
Giving Back … to the world!
Retirementor, Jeunesse Park, blogs about ways in which we can give back, especially to create a legacy for the next generation in preserving our planet, and protecting the dignity of every person.
She says: “I have never considered myself wealthy but feel blessed and grateful to have enough to eat daily. Yet, I live with an innate sense of the injustice and inequality of our society, driving me to devote most of my working life to the non-profit sector, focusing on uplifting lives through greening and food.”