I’ve been thinking a lot about balance. And about expectations. And how the two directly affect each other.
We tend to go along assuming that we’re entitled to this and that, regardless of what happens.
I’m thinking about this in terms of my own experience. I went through a phase when I was drinking coffee and alcohol like main staples. Smoking cigarettes too, because there was something about the abrasiveness those hefty liquids that begged an ashy pairing.
I practiced mental blindness and convinced myself that the body is meant to handle whatever you throw at it – disproportionate amounts of sugar and processed food, harsh chemicals as liquid or inhaled. The body would know what to do with it. I had a right to do what I wanted, eat what I wanted and not have to worry about it.
That lasted until my body finally gave out. I was seriously sick, a wreck and totally out of whack. It became a matter of looking for a break in the clouds of feeling awful, rather than feeling good overall and dreading feeling off once in a while.
My mental and emotional states were dismal too. All because I had taken my body and my being for granted. I was abusing myself and then getting angry for being broken down.
I’ve gone too far the other way too. Trying to rid my body of whatever was plaguing it by “cleansing” dropping 30-something pounds, (I’m not big anyway and I did it way too fast) and throwing my hormones off. That’s also totally nuts.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how this relates to the air we breathe and the water we drink in a much broader sense. We take it for granted that the earth, the wind and the water sources will “work it out”. Like whatever we throw at it, or into it, the whole system will filter and balance itself.
Yeah, it would be nice if whiskey shots and glazed doughnuts were good breakfast food and the body could spring back, ready for more. But it just aint so. Not in the long game.
That’s just not how things work. To preserve anything good, you have to take care of it. You have to tend to it, maintain it, pay attention to what it’s telling you and course-correct if things are off kilter.
It’s easy to want to keep doing things the way we’ve always done them. To drive cars burning fossil fuels that exhausts mercury and CO2 into the air and drive those chemicals into our own lungs, to use throw away everything – buildng up trash that doesn’t disintegrate and makes the water we drink for life itself, poisonous.
Pregnant women in Kentucky can’t eat fish caught in Kentucky because it’s so polluted. That’s sad. And totally crazy. We ave so many resources, but if we take them for granted, we could actually lose them.
Balance is so important in every aspect of life.
One of the best ways to get moving in the direction of this broader balance is by supporting clean energy. As many of you know, it’s become a real passion of mine and it’s one of my favorite industries to learn and write about. It’s both absolutely necessary and completely fascinating.
I don’t see it as a bipartisan issue. I see it as honesty, refection and accountability.
I encourage you to take a step back and examine your expectations. Are you asking too much of your body? Or your soul? Or the complex, awe-inspiring home we share?
Hey, don’t beat yourself up about it. We all take things for granted. Just ask yourself what you can do to help us all strike a healthy balance.