The concept isn’t unique, but it is something that I have adapted for my own use and how I try to keep myself in balance.
2012 was all about balance for me. I started with one inflated balloon in the box a few partly shrivelled ones, and some that had almost no air in them at all.
So the basic idea is that you have 7 balloons – each one represents an area of your life (in my head these balloons are all different colours) – all these balloons have to fit into a box. So, if one balloon is over inflated, the others must shrink to fit.
Now of course it is impossible to get them all even, but the idea is to strive for balance.
The 7 balloons are :
There are many theories that talk about the areas of our lives that we need to master. My thoughts are not that sophisticated. Simply an idea that I fixated on during the time when I was striving for balance.
When I started work was the biggest balloon of all. I think that perhaps I threw myself into work, to avoid thinking about other things. I was running my own business and as any entrepreneur will know this is quite consuming. It had come to a point where work, friends, social life, health, and hobbies had all become rolled into one. Not really a healthy state. This was a big balloon.
Although I had a wonderful relationship with my son, and I was lucky enough to have one of my sisters living close by, the family balloon was sadly deflated. To be honest I think that I had forgotten how important family was. I was having problems in my marriage, and my close family lived miles away. Through the year, I worked towards rebuilding and analysing the relationships in my life. It is extremely sad when you realise that you are better off letting things go, but then it is hugely uplifiting to rebuild relationships.
If you think about it your sisters (and brothers) are your first friends. Re-establishing a true friendship with my oldest sister has been such a ray of sunshine in my life. We work at it our relationship and I consider both my sisters true friends. I can honestly say that despite my separation I have moved toward re-inflating the family balloon. I need not say that at this time the love balloon would have been hard to find in the box.
My health was at an all time low. I had received diagnosis after diagnosis and I was terribly unfit. I think that this was one of the biggest wake-up calls and learning how to pay attention to my health and give this balloon priority was a huge part of getting my life into balance. Although I reached the end of 2012 with better health, this remains a priority. The health balloon for us all is something that needs to be constantly monitored. I always need to keep my eye on the ball from a health perspective, and yes, sometimes this balloon gets forgotten in the bottom of the box.
My spiritual life and beliefs are not something I am very vocal about. It is a deep and personal part of my life. It is sad however that when we go to a dark place this is when we need to be in touch with our spiritual self. Meditation and prayer are a great solace for a life out of balance. This was yet another balloon lying deflated at the bottom of the box. It was actually through my walks that I reconnected. As yes, bubbly Kerry goes silent and meditates regularly!
Friends are a great joy in my life. Thankfully this balloon has never really deflated. When I reflected on my life in 2012 however I did realise that my friend group was very closely linked to work. I had met some of the most amazing people through crafting. I will always be so grateful for the friends I made through crafting. I met some amazing people who will always be in my life. I do believe however that a good diverse bunch of friends makes you truly rich. I am proud to have friends from 18 to 80 plus from all works of life. Thank you for being my friends – it means everything that this balloon remains inflated.
Hobbies or pastimes is balloon that is more important that we often think. It is important to have fun times and hobbies help us explore and learn about all sorts of things. I used to craft and paint as a hobby. When I opened my shop, my hobbies became my job. As I have worked towards balancing things out, I have started to enjoy my hobbies, and have even added a few more. I joined the ICA (Irish Country Woman’s Association) where I have learnt a few new skills and made new friends. I am of course, back painting and crafting as a hobby, but I know that I need to expand and try new things. Hill walking perhaps? Or maybe a spot of history.
Thanks for reading and thank you for all the lovely feedback.