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If we were to start eating one particular food and nothing else, we would risk the consequences of having an unbalanced diet. For example, if we were to eat brussel sprouts and nothing else, we would hazard developing brittle bones from lack of calcium. This is why five food groups were developed, and we are encouraged to eat food from all of the groups: to optimise the benefits to our health and well-being from receiving all the vitamins and minerals we need. Also, we avoid the risks of eating too much of one particular food - for example too much carbohydrates can lead to weight gain.
Our lives, in much a similar way, are also multidimensional: personal, health and wellbeing, and spiritual wellbeing are just a few. Maintaining a sensible life balance by moderating how much time we devote to different aspects of our lives is just as important as having a diet containing all of the food groups. Too much or too little attention paid to one part of our lives automatically risks our lives becoming unbalanced, and therefore unhealthy.
For example, too much time devoted to work, and we may endanger the wellbeing of our personal relationships. Even too much time spent on something extremely positive such as personal relationships, could endanger also knowing ourselves separate from others as a unified being in our own right. Just as positive is progress made to our health and wellbeing; but we may risk erosion of our work lives, or we may even become fanatical and forget that we are also creatures of fun and creativity.
At times, some aspects of our lives will naturally demand more attention than others. When we have work assignments due; time spent in this arena naturally will be more. When we are recovering from an illness, we will of course spend more time devoted to recovering health.
However, for the majority of the time, all aspects of our lives demand time, so that we can develop as whole, well-rounded individuals who realise that we are multidimensional beings with a variety of engagements in our lives. We have the understanding that all of these life components need nurture.
Therefore, when you plan your week, ensure that you spend time on all parts of you. When you find yourself spending too much time doing one activity; take a step back and remind yourself that imbalances in your life are never without a cost.