Greetings and Peace to all.
The other day at a writers’ conference I had an embarrassing moment which taught me a lesson about Balance…physical balance, and general balance in life. Picture sitting in a folding chair, surrounded by writers chatting quietly as our presenter prepared for her talk. Then envision, seconds later, a 60+-year-old sitting awkwardly on the floor, water glass held high against spillage, papers still residing in lap, having just fallen – or more accurately – slipped out of a chair. No alcohol was involved. Thankfully, no seizure activity either…just a moment of ungraceful, unladylike, unbalance. I was craning my neck trying to talk to my fellow writers behind me when I decided that I should swivel in my chair to find a better position from which to share conversation. Then, as the empty folding chair I was using to steady myself gave way, I knew what was coming but was powerless to stop it. Slowly, as if in slow motion, I slid off my chair and onto the carpet, water sloshing, but not spilling.
**I should mention here that luckily I’ve been exercising regularly and doing morning and evening stretches (hamstrings, calves, core etc) or the outcome of my slippage might have turned out quite differently…”I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
Laughing from embarrassment, giddy from thankfulness that I was able to right myself without too much problem (stretches helped) I made light of my faux pas and the presenter thankfully took over the attention. Later, as I reflected on the moment, it struck me that the experience was a metaphor for my life. Sometimes when I try hard to balance too many things without a good foundation or support, life can become slippery and a fall from grace, inevitable. So, what did I learn? First, don’t put your trust in a shaky foundation. Second, laugh when you embarrass yourself. Third, when life events knock you down, always pick yourself up and try again to establish some semblance of dignity. Fourth, keep yourself physically fit…you never know when it will save you. Fifth, no one ever died from embarrassment…thank God! Peace, Joy and Love to you. Dr. Aquarius