People can get out of balance easily. Work and personal demands surround us. Technology aimed at enabling us to do more, get more, communicate more and find more consumes us. We’ve all been led to believe that more is better, Businesses want more revenue, more market share and shareholders want more return. Our family and friends want more of our time and attention. It is hard to balance with the insatiable demand for more is all around us.
Many parts of our life need to be brought into balance, and they may seem to conflict with each other: responsibilities to our family, earning a living, maintaining our health, giving attention to our spiritual lives, keeping up with the deluge of information required to function in the world today, our duties to community activities, and the myriad of other demands on our time and energy. To balance all these aspects of our life we need something to balance them on, some point of equilibrium.
Does Technology Help or Hurt Our Balance?
Michael Pokocky recently sent me to interested articles which made me think about balance. One titled: What the Internet is doing to our brains...Is Google Making Us Stupid? This discusses how technology can actually inhibit learning by enabling artificial thinking. The other articles titled The Autumn of the Multitaskers talks about how the onslaught of all these new technologies has created frenzy around learning to multitask.
Stop and just consider the word balance and what it means. Everything and anything not in balance creates a significant risk. If our bodies are not in balance our health risk increase. If our finances are not in balance we create personal economic risk. If business is not in balance everything is at risk. If our minds are not in balance every aspect of our lives are impacted and put at risk. If our relationships are out of balance they are at risk.
What is the Wisdom of Balance?
Most religions tech that people need a day of rest. Remember the story, in six days God created the heavens and the earth and on the seventh day he rested. Ironically the word balance has seven letters in it.
When is the last time you rested, decided not to go online but instead simply slowed down your world? Have we forgotten how to relax and do nothing? What is wrong with doing nothing? Do nothing for a day and it can help you do more tomorrow. When is the last time you rested and read an entire book or has your mind been trained to only read tweets?
Sometimes the best part of any relationship is when two or more people can find the time and space to simply rest. Sometimes the best thing a business can do is create an environment that enables people to rest and think rather than run and do.
Maybe the best way to do more is do less. With all the advancing technology surrounding us maybe we need to rewire our brains before we get out of balance even more.
What say you?