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Holding Ourselves In Balance

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


  1. G Angela G Angela July 24, 2013

    This post is very apt one for me… practising self love seriously, in last few months I chose to go for health check up, and ensured to have one physical activity on a regular basis, spend some time in meditation every day, attempted and still attempting to eat healthy food, scheduled an appointment with the dentist, and attended classes to ensure that I am academically sound and still continuing seeking balance.. there is still a lot more to do and I am taking those small steps keeping my balance… loved your expressions ! Thanks for sharing ..
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  2. melissa melissa June 26, 2013

    What a better perspective BS ~ holding ourselves in balance thank looking at it as living with the tension πŸ™‚

    Perfect as seven is multiplied many times πŸ˜‰
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  3. Diana Pinto Diana Pinto June 24, 2013

    Loving oneself is what is most important. Inspiring message !

  4. purbaray purbaray June 22, 2013

    Something that I never tire of telling my friends – you should be your first priority. If you are not happy how can you make others happy?
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  5. Suzy Suzy June 22, 2013

    I truly believe that all things in life must balance and that in the end life itself balances out. Loved your post – so many truths in 7 lines. Definitely tweeting this one!
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  6. Rum Punch Drunk Rum Punch Drunk June 20, 2013

    This post is so true. Without us being refueled, recharged and full of things, how else can be spend our time giving nothing to others. Wonderful Post mate.
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  7. Aditi Aditi June 20, 2013

    Your simple message makes one reflect and learn….so inspiring!! Thanks for this πŸ™‚

    To say ‘I love you’, you should first learn to love ‘I’
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  8. Dagny Dagny June 20, 2013

    Those who’ve never experienced love cannot be expected to give it. But one would understand that only if one took the time to explore what lies behind the other person’s outer facade.

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  9. Debbie Debbie June 20, 2013

    Yes, I completely agree with that! Balance is the key to contentment. Once upon a time, I was a stressed out workaholic with no joy in my life. When the axe fell, it was more of a relief than anything else, because I was completely burnt out by that point. Life is so much better now, even though we have less money. Money can’t buy happiness and nobody ever said “I should have worked more” on their deathbed. πŸ˜‰
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  10. raja raja June 20, 2013

    So true, Corinne.

    People think that caring about oneself is selfish. Yes, caring ONLY about oneself can be considered selfish. But the other extreme also doesn’t work – like you said, how can you give out of emptiness? So both are needed – caring about oneself AND caring for others.

    Very well expressed. And very meaningful too. Thanks, Corinne. πŸ™‚
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  11. Richa Singh Richa Singh June 19, 2013

    what a lovely thought and especially the part that we need to take care of ourselves. Corinne its your simple words combined with basic life philosophies we often forget that make a great reading πŸ™‚
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  12. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg June 19, 2013

    So very true and so very inspiring, Corinne!
    I read this somewhere that in order for you to attract loving people, moments and circumstances, you need to know how to love yourself first!!
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  13. ushamenon ushamenon June 19, 2013

    Simply Superb!! Yes Corinne you are correct when you say that we should ourselves be fit to be able to give our best to others.
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  14. Talya Tate Boerner Talya Tate Boerner June 19, 2013

    Love it! I am planning to do this challenge too.

  15. janu janu June 19, 2013

    Sure we must balance the both….should learn to say No, take No for an answer. And, then there is also a joy in giving, those little things we do for love, out of love.

  16. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando June 19, 2013

    A balancing act, indeed! I’m reminded here of what Jesus said – “Love your neighbor AS yourself.” In other words, He assumes we will take good care of us in order to be able to care for one another.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 20, 2013

      Thanks, Vidya. I’m glad you wrote yours, it was a lovely story!
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  17. Meena Menon Meena Menon June 19, 2013

    powerful n effective capsules!

  18. Kalpana Solsi Kalpana Solsi June 19, 2013

    My mom always asks me to take care of my health so that I can serve my family better.

  19. Ruchira Ruchira June 19, 2013

    Awesome lines and very appropriate. In caring, giving to others, we forget to take care of ourselves – both physically and mentally. And then we suffer for it !

  20. Bhavya Bhavya June 19, 2013

    That was so truly motivational Corinne, and so very true. If we are empty, what can we give others. I am still learning how to give importance to myself, and still be available for all my near and dear ones. Thank you for sharing this piece with us. <3
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 20, 2013

      Glad you liked it, Bhavya. We’re all learning, aren’t we? πŸ™‚
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  21. Lazy Pineapple Lazy Pineapple June 19, 2013

    What wonderful lines Corinne.. many a times we forget our needs for the fear of people calling us selfish. I have learnt it slowly over time that placing yourself first is not wrong , in fact it makes us happy from within and we can give more to people around us.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 20, 2013

      Hi Vinita, yes, the notion that we’re selfish when we’re taking care of our selves, often keeps us from being the best we can be for ourselves and others.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 20, 2013

      Are we connected or what? But I’m glad you agree, Sangeeta.

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