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Life Is a Balancing Act

Recently, over overseas phone, my wife made me the goat for the loss of a fax machine.

“Me? Wait a minute,” I protested, “why blame me?”

“Listen,” my wife said. And even before I could padlock my mouth, she began narrating an experience she had in downtown Sydney. She said she had come to know about the dandy item on sale at more than 70 percent off the regular price. Glory be, the morning she saw it displayed at the discount store, she also had the money and the itch to buy it pronto!

Then suddenly backtracking, she decided to think it over. She'd go to some other stores and compare prices. What harm would a day's wait do? She second thought it would not cost her a cent if she'd buy time first and the item next.

That night in her rented flat, my wife pondered on that decision she was about to make. And that night a vision must have appeared before her inspiring her to procure the electronic gadget.

Early the next day, she hurried back to the store to buy the item. Lo and behold, where the fax machine once seductively sat was now an empty display shelf.

“Sorry,” the saleslady said.

“Somebody bought it just before we closed shop yesterday.”

Uh-oh.

“That's it,” my wife's voice trailed off.

“What a waste “I commented.

“Yes, it was,” she said.

“I think that that fax machine would have been a good buy.”

“Well,” she remarked, “now it's goodbye.”

Silence. Then a bombshell.

She continued, “I tried your style, and it didn't work!”

“What style are you talking about?”

“Your style,” she said, “of checking and double checking and triple checking every minutest detail before making a decision.”

Our conversation shifted to some other matters, and my wife soon hang up the phone. But her comment about her husband's style stuck in my mind like velcro. What she said was true. I am one person who waits out a little longer than usual before plunging into a decision. Some sometimes call it indecisiveness; I oftentimes call it prudence.

I think there's wisdom in the proverb, “Look before you leap.” If you look before you leap, you may not have to leap at all. Good. But I also think that many times “he who hesitates is lost.” That's why sometimes you have to measure your steps. Sometimes you have to be swift and decisive.

Balance, Fragile Balance

Which presents us to the truth that life is a fragile balance, or must be treated that way. That is the reason when some people declare, “Out of sight, out of mind”, you have to stabilize it with what other people say, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

Although it is accurate that birds of the same feather flock together, opposites in the same way attract. It may be correct that the pen is more powerful than the sword. But do actions speak louder than words? Do not pass the bridge till you approach to it is good counsel. Most of the time though, forewarned is forearmed.

Examine how we look at how we look and at the clothes we wear. Other people declare that black is beautiful and that height is might. Well, there are other people who think that that white is gorgeous and then small is terrible. It has been said that what makes a man is based on what he wears. But we have been told not to judge a gift by its wrapper or a book by its cover.

As a child, I had the idea that solely the things that are bigger are better. When I grew up, I learned that most of life’s best things appear in small packages.

A couple of years back, when I tutored some children, my motto was “Trust me. I am a teacher”. Overtime, I countered it with another motto, “Question authority”.

Now that I am a lot older now, I expect people telling me, “You cannot teach an old dog new tricks”. Correct, in a sense. And yet a person is never too old to learn new things.

You learn from other people that a good beginning creates a good ending. But some headstrong people claim that it is not over till it's over or till the fat lady sings.

There is veracity in the phrase, “Many hands make light work”. It is also correct that sometimes “too many cooks spoil the broth”. Certainly two heads are better than one, but if you want something accomplished right, you might as well do it yourself.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, we are advised. Yet a determined endurance can matter a lot for the reason that practice makes perfect.

Life really is a fragile balance.

Other people would say that it’s better to be safe than sorry. But then others say where nothing is ventured, nothing is gained.

I discover people teach with God in the particulars. Other people persuade to “Never sweat the small stuff”. We are always swamped with the advice that “if at first you don't succeed, try again”. But “Don't beat a dead horse” is also good counsel. On the same manner, positive thinking people advise us that “winners never quit and quitters never win”. Realistic thinking people can stare you in the eye and declare “Quit trying” or “try quitting”.

Who was it who said that doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom? Well , the Bible says faith can move mountains.

There's also a dictum, Understand that you may believe. Take the idea of a Creator God. Some people won't believe in that idea until they see the point. And yet with spiritual things, one sees the point only after one has believed. So believe that you may understand.

What do all these tell us? Well, they tell us that life is a delicate balance, or should be seen that way. Let's strive to find that balance.

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