7x7x7x7 Writing Prompt – Holding Ourselves In Balance

The two of us

In everyday life, then, we must hold ourselves in balance, choosing wisely. We must learn how to live for ourselves, while being available for others. Unless we take care of ourselves, we can never truly give to others. How can I give you from my emptiness? How can I keep going without stopping to refuel and recharge? Making a choice to take time for yourself, to focus on your well-being, doesn’t in anyway show that you are selfish. Never allow anyone to tell you otherwise.


(The part of line 1 that is in italics is the 7th line from the 7th page of the 7th book on my shelf, In The Palm of Your Hands. I used it to write 7  lines.)


This is in response to The Write’s Tribe Wednesday Prompt.

Now here are some quotes about balance:

“The great Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi once advised his students to write down the three things they most wanted in life. If any item on the list clashes with any other item, Rumi warned, you are destined for unhappiness. Better to live a life of single-pointed focus, he taught. But what about the benefits of living harmoniously among extremes? What if you could somehow create an expansive enough life that you could synchronize seemingly incongruous opposites into a worldview that excludes nothing?”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Your attachment to unhealthy people and bad habits, which offer you no real control, is why you’re spiritually dying and living a life out of balance.”
― Shannon L. Alder

“Here’s a nice image for a life in balance,” she said. “You’re juggling these four balls that you’ve named work, family, friends, spirit. Now, work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it bounces back. The other balls they’re made of glass.”
“I’ve dropped a few of those glass balls in my day. Sometimes they chip, sometimes they shatter to pieces.”
― James Patterson