If we have too much or too little of something we are discontent. Can you recognize that within yourself? Our stress encompasses a discrepancy between what we have and what we want. Alternatively, what we are doing and what we want to be doing. "Balance" is cliche as of late, so I prefer "Sweet Spot" as the goal of creating a thriving life experience.
Work, pleasure, children, exercise, food, sleep, etc. — these things all require living within your personal sweet spot to feel content. To consider more depth, knowing your values and living according to them creates the sweet spot that leads to happiness. For if you value honesty and yet lie or withhold the truth from others, how do you suppose you will feel about yourself?
I asked myself years ago "what good is exercise if I have no social life because everything revolves around working out and eating the right foods?" I may be healthy (may be...) and in shape but with no one to share my life with, what difference does it make? What am I really after with my rigid exercise and eating schedule? Where is the sweet spot of honoring the people in my life and filling my health bucket?
How does someone who works ('work' has multiple meanings) incessantly and feels stressed when they are not "producing" find their sweet spot?
For those that struggle with eating and weight, has their satiety sweet spot been lost? How might it be found?
What about time spent alone and with others? Some people isolate, and some people crave company. Moreover, yet both are uncomfortable with the opposite. A sweet spot is necessary to become comfortable being with others and being with one's self.
Sleep may be the simplest example of finding a sweet spot — for few of us are content with the hours we get per night - whether it is too few or too many. What's your sweet spot?
What do you find when you consider the ways you may not be paying attention to your sweet spots?
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