One of the great truths of the natural world is bilateral symmetry. It is in fact a mark of beauty. Draw an imaginary line through an objects vertical axis, and you will find that the more beautiful the specimen, the more balanced it is on either side of that imaginary line. This is true of beasts of the field, fish, birds, plants and even us humans. This aspect of the created world has effected our sense of beauty in architecture, art, music and craftsmanship.
Balance is a thing of beauty…and health. When someone is emotionally or mentally unhealthy, we say they are “imbalanced” or “unstable”.
That which is true of us physically is also true of us in every facet of our being: Too much introspection leads to narcissism or depression, but the “unexamined life is not worth living”. A focus on the self is no worse than a focus on others where our identity becomes lost in the needs/wants of those around us, and once again we wind up in despair.
Truth ascertained without application leads to pride and guilt.
Wealth gained without a purpose leads to debauchery and self-loathing.
The inner life gives light to the external and the external life gives purpose to the internal. Balance is never found in self-absorption or self-denial, but rather, in worship of the Creator, we find self-awareness without pre-occupation.
Looking for a little more balance in your life? Tired of bouncing back and forth between self-serving and self-abasing? Stop focusing on you, and start focusing on the God who made you.
“Worship the LORD, your God, and serve Him only.” – Jesus