Creating balance in 2017

Sunday, 1 January 2017

"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony."
                                                                                                                               Thomas Merton

As the sun rises on a new year it is almost impossible not to get caught up in the traditional soul searching and regret over missed opportunities.

There is nothing wrong with self reflection, in fact an element of review is essential for personal development. But at this time of year it is all too easy to slip into harsh self criticism and gloomy pessimism.

Whilst on a global level 2016 was certainly testing, personally I'd class it as a triumph; in work I have enhanced my knowledge and experience, leading to a successful promotion; I have a family who despite very trying times has pulled together and demonstrated unbelievable levels of resilience, support and love; I have multiple circles of friends who do nothing but enhance by life; I have discovered blogging as a hobby and  I am lucky enough to be in a loving relationship with a fiancée who shares, encourages and nurtures my creativity.

Not bad eh?

But was it perfect? Not by a long way. I have made mistakes, errors of judgement and lapses in will power.

During 2016 I lost a significant amount of weight... and put it all back on again.

I had a goal to enter a powerlifting competition... a combination of injury and change of heart scuppered that one.

Two bicycles (one road bike, one mountain bike) continued to gather dust in the spare room despite my best intentions when I purchased them.

I started this blog, South Coast Barbells and Beer, to chart my two hobbies... but a quick review shows that I drank far more beers than I lifted barbells!

But none of this matters now, as long as I continue to learn, reflect and strive to make improvements.

So that's what I'm going to do in 2017. I'm going to make improvements to enable me to enhance the things that are going well, change the things that need to be changed and drop the things that just don't matter.

In terms of my work life, that doesn't need any drastic changes from me as to a certain degree that is now being taken out of my hand. Due to my successful promotion, at some point in 2017 I will almost certainly have to move teams and location. When that happens I will have to assess what if any effect that will have on my personal life, whilst establishing myself in my new role. This is a challenge I am relishing.

On a personal level, continuing to cherish and cultivate my relationships (fiancée, family and friends) must and will be a priority. That is not negotiable.

The final area, and the one that was probably most skewed in the last twelve months, was my two great loves... drinking beer and lifting weights.

And because they were so out of balance, my success in losing fat was reversed, causing a certain level of frustration.

I know there are some that will doubt the feasibility of losing weight and pursuing aesthetic and athletic goals whilst enjoying beer, but I know it can be done. As long as I create balance.

This balance will be achieved by taking control of my diet and committing to my training. I'm even going to start doing some cardio! And then when I have a beer, boy will I make sure that I enjoy it.

So I don't know about you, but I am facing the new year full of determination, optimism and confidence. 2016 was good but 2017 is the year I create balance, and it's going to rock.

1 comment:

  1. Beer can be adsorbed into a lifestyle change mate. Don't think of it as being on a diet. I have lost a lot of weight this year and also enjoyed a lot of beer. Enjoy the beer and enjoy life.


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