How to Be Balanced and Faithful in Life
On one hand, there are times when I am focused, faithful and on top of the world. It’s as if everything I do results in success. On the other hand, there are other times when I feel lost and unmotivated. When I’m at my low point, I can usually trace it back to something unexpectedly that happened in my life. Something I wasn’t prepared for and it threw me off my game.
This made me think. There has to be a way to help people stay focused and faithful in life. Especially when these inevitable distractions get in the way.
How can we be balanced and faithful in life? By being intentional in three key areas of life, this will help us stay balanced and faithful. These three key areas are our spiritual life, minimalist life and creative life.
By being intentional in these three areas, we will remain focused, balanced and faithful to whatever our plan or goals are in life. When those inevitable situations do come up in our life we won’t be thrown off our game as much.
Let’s dive in a little deeper by asking ourselves three key questions:
1. How is our spiritual life?
2. Are we over consuming?
3. Are we tapping into our creativity?
How is our Spiritual Life?
Many people believe everything in life is “spiritual”. How we spend time in introspection and knowing who we are is important. It also means the way we interact with the people in our lives – and how we interact with the material things in our lives.
It’s all spiritual, and it all has an impact on our lives and our mindset.
I will often hear people say they are unhappy in their lives, or they don’t know who they are anymore. On the outside it looks like they have it all together and have everything they want in life. However, on the inside, they feel empty. They sense a void and they don’t know how to fill it.
Typically, this happens when someone ignores their spiritual life.
I know because it happened to me.
There was a time in my life where I was working 60+ hours a week and was exhausted. Carried my phone everywhere – afraid I was going to miss an opportunity to make another sale. I ignored my spiritual life and was focused on producing more and make more money. When I left the company I was working for at the time, I didn’t know who I was anymore.
I had to spend some time in introspection. I knew who I was as an employee, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend. But, I had no idea who I was as a human being.
It took some dedicated time and much of it in introspection. I took up journaling and really asked myself a lot of questions. Over time I discovered who I was as a person. I learned what my strengths and weaknesses were and what my purpose in life was.
My story above is not uncommon. There is a well-known term most of us know called the “rat race”. When we live in this so called rat race we end up going into an autopilot mindset. We live in a culture always on the “go”, always trying to reach the next level, earn the next dollar, and buy the next thing. We are so busy we don’t make time for our spiritual life.
How is our Minimalist Life? Consumption Patterns?
Minimalism means different things to different people. When we talk about it here, we are talking about monitoring consumption in four main areas of life.
Then, identifying the unnecessary items that are causing a distraction, noise, or stress. Once identified, we then remove them from our lives .
a) Material Objects in your Life
Do you own a lot of things? Are you always feeling like you’re organizing or cleaning your home? Do you look at things you purchased and realize you haven’t touched it in years? You can’t even remember why you bought it?
b) Financial Life
Money seems to be the number one stress in life. The debt to income ratio is 160% which means for every $1 we earn, we are spending $160.
Where do you spend your money? Does money or lack thereof keep you up at night? Do you have debt you wish you could get rid of?
c) Your Health
We live in an epidemic where people are overweight, unhealthy and depressed because of it. Are you conscious of what you put in your mouth? This leads to weight gain, bad health, guilt and stress.
The health and fitness industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry. They know our consumption patterns and our emotional baggage we carry because of it.
d) Your Time
Where are you spending your time? Are you doing things you enjoy doing or are you doing things you don’t enjoy? Are you saying yes to things you later regret? How is your digital life? Are you mindlessly scrolling through social media? Do you feel tired and overworked?
Are we tapping into our Creative Life?
It’s pretty simple. When we do the things we love to do – we are happier. Feeling like we’ve contributed to something good is going to make us feel happy.
Are you tapping into your creative life?
For example, where I work there were many people who weren’t understanding a particular concept. There was a clear gap and I wanted to come up with a solution. I created a 4 Part Educational Series on this particular topic. Simplifying this topic and delivering it in 4 parts was exactly what they needed. They were able to apply this concept right away in their daily lives.
Another way to be creative is to start a hobby. About 8 years ago I decided to learn how to play the guitar. and 5 years ago I started to write articles.
Other popular hobbies could be:
- restoring furniture
- blogging about something you know.
These are all fantastic easy ways to get the creative juices flowing. In fact, many people turn these hobbies into side jobs and start to earn money from them.
When our Spiritual Life, Minimalist Life and Creative Life Intersect
First, what do we mean by the word Faithful?
When we use the word faithful, we are talking about your faithfulness to who you are and who you were designed to be. A quick synonym search in Google shows a list of words like:
Second, when you combine these three key areas into a venn diagram – there is a center.
The arrow pointing to the center of the diagram represents the time and energy spent in each area of our life. With the ultimate goal of getting to the center.
When we spend time in each of the circles we are creating space. Creating space to live a more intentional, balanced and mindful life. When we get to that center, this is where we are balanced and faithful in our lives.
Third, If we spend too much time in one area, we are off balance
If we spend too much in one area, it will be much easier for unexpected things that come up to throw us off our game.
Very similar to my example above where I spent too much time in the “creative” area at work and let it consume me. I lost sense of who I was without my job, my relationships were breaking down. and I was tired all the time because I didn’t manage my time effectively. Work became my identity.
I was ignoring the other pillars of a balanced life.
The Reality about Life
No matter what our plans are, what are goals are, life will happen and with that comes unexpected life events. Things we least expect are going to come up. If we aren’t focused these unexpected events will throw us off our game and move us off our path.
Becoming faithful is about creating space in these three areas of life to live a balanced, mindful and intentional life.
That way we are staying at the top of our game during the ups and downs in life.