As a young child I was always apprehensive about clambering onto one end of the teeter-totter in the playground nearby. Somehow I felt almost certain that when my end was “up” whoever was on the other side keeping balance would leap off and I would come crashing down with an unseemly thud.
In retrospect, it seems that two of the most difficult challenges in daily living are giving our trust, and staying balanced! When writing autographs in classmates’ books was a popular fad, one phrase that was penned in mine read “Love your friends and love them well, but to your friends no secrets tell, for if your friend becomes your foe, your secrets everyone will know”! More than 50 years later it feels appropriate – though I may have missed out on some gal-pal confidences! Our gut instinct seldom lets us down if we listen to our intuition and place our trust appropriately.
Staying balanced is a state of flux….particularly in the situation where the ”baby boomer” age group may be sandwiched between raising a family and caring for or being responsible for an aging parent or parents.
Regardless of how old or young one’s children are, they are still “our children”. It can sometimes feel like our aging parents may hover too closely or speak their mind too often for our liking - we must remember that we are their children. And the time does come when roles are reversed, we become the caregivers and protectors of them as well as our own family members.
In June of 2012, tightrope walker Nik Wallenda accomplished a formidable challenge by crossing Niagara Falls on a cable stretched high above the churning gorge. Still breezes buffeted him and many observers feared for his safety. Nonetheless, by focusing on the job at hand and not hesitating, the feat was accomplished!
Since that time, when I am faced with the struggle of Staying Balanced, I erase the teeter-totter scenario and trust myself on the high wire.