Balancing Your Life Vials
Ever since I was about three years old and discovered happiness was a 64 count box of Crayolas, it’s been easier for me to understand and absorb life concepts if I can draw them, or at least visualize them in tangible forms.
Let’s just say if I had to draw my life out with crayons, it would look like Picasso chugged too many Cozmos… It’s a bit distorted, twisted, but undeniably fascinating, at least to the average suburbanite….
Yeah. I’ll save that story for a night when I’m alone with some Pinot.
Anyways, in order to help maintain a daily essence of well-being, I have taken to measure life in the form of three basic personal vials:
Health, Love, Wealth
I feel that these are the three pillars of life balance. Although there are many more facets to life, they reside outside our personal vials. For example, my grown kids’ health and happiness are very important to me, but that is an outside facet. However, if I am balanced within my own vials, I am able to be more nurturing and supportive for them.
Visualizing the amount in each of these “vials” side by side helps me assess any imbalance in my life and what I need to focus on at that moment. Interestingly enough, my vials are rarely equal in quantity. Right now, for example, if I were to measure the amount of each vial in percentages, they would look like this:
Health: 80% Love: 100% Wealth: 40%
All I do is take a mental “screenshot” of how I perceive these areas to be relevant to my lifestyle. And the relevancy is key—because it’s different for everyone, depending on how one measures their own success, love, and health. Of course the objective is the same, to be at 100% for each.
When I visualize, I take into account any projected forecast of bad or good to come, which determines my next course of action. My health issues (pulled muscles) are very minor and I know they will resolve over the next few weeks with some therapy. For wealth, I’ve set some very steep goals over the next year, so I’m pushing myself super hard… And love, oh. I am truly, finally blessed. For the first time, this is abundantly full. I have found that having one vial at 100% mentally helps me improve on the other two, because it gives me that extra boost of purpose and confidence.
So take a moment, and visualize your vials: How are they balancing out for you?