by MW Cook
You only need to balance things when you have finite competing objects.
You need to balance time awake and time asleep. Because the human body needs a certain amount of both. Because you’re not going to exist forever.
You need to balance eating for health and eating for fun. Unless you’re born already in love with only the finest and healthiest goodies in the finest and healthiest portions.
But there are a lot of things you think you need to balance but you don’t.
You sometimes talk about balancing love between people. Balancing your love of your wife and the love of your mother. The love of a friend and the love of a stranger. The love of the self and the love of the world. As if you had a finite amount of love available! As if one side could get too much love! They only seem imbalanced when the love of one or the other is deficient or poorly carried out.
There are so many things we do not need to balance. So many things that don’t really compete.
Love and practicality.
The mind and the heart.
Strength and tenderness.
Passion and purity.
Work and play.
Spirituality and practicality.
Skepticism and trust.
Silliness and maturity.
Giddiness and sobriety.
Pacifism and activism.
Love and anything else.