Balance and The Crane

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“Fortunate, indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.” 
Peter Latham

I”ve been taking some time to reflect recently.  I”ve kinda had a lot going on and tend to get caught up in the “business” of life and lose myself.  Last night I had about had enough. The kids were going nuts, my husband was rushing around trying to fix like five different things at once, our dogs were chasing the cats…it was exactly like one of those “Family Circus” comics only louder!  Anyway, I hollered at the kids one last time to get their night chores done and then I snuck out back to just be…even if it was only for five or ten minutes by golly those minutes were gonna be mine.  My husband had started the charcoal for our steaks that evening, and I LOVE the smell of charcoal burning.  Perfect!

As I stood outside looking at the lake behind our house, I noticed a huge crane on the bank of the lake.  This particular crane has been lingering around for about a week now.  The kids and I love to watch him because he is so awkward on those tall, skinny legs of his that we”re just waiting for the day he falls right over.  Amazingly he never does!  The crane maintains a perfect balance online casino games even though his body is super big and those little stick legs are so thin!

The crane was making his usual rounds looking for a fish for dinner. I was just hoping a gator didn”t  pop out and make HIM dinner!  So much for my relaxing time then, huh?  He just walked along the bank keeping an eye out for what he wanted, but he was very careful to stay on the solid ground of the bank.  Only when he thought he saw a potential morsel for dinner would he venture off solid ground into the mushy, murky unstable ground of the lake closer to the water.  Time and time again he would move from the bank back to the grass and then back again when he thought he saw a fish.  The poor guy never did get a fish, at least while I was out there, but once again I was reminded by nature how life is really supposed to work.

Just like the crane, when we want something in life, I mean truly “I just can”t live without this” kind of wanting something, we have to venture out from our comfort zones into that unstable ground to get it.  Nothing that is worth anything in life comes to us easily.  I teach my children that things they have to work the hardest for are the ones they appreciate the most.  The crane wasn”t starving, so that tells me that even though I didn”t see him get a fish that night, he obviously was eating enough to sustain himself.  And just like we don”t always get what we WANT in life, we somehow always have what we NEED.  When we can find happiness in what we have and what we are, but still keep working towards our goals and dreams…then and only then have we reached balance in our lives.  And that”s a good place to be.  I love taking lessons from things in nature. It”s one of the ways, I believe, God speaks directly to us if only we take the time to listen and observe.  True happiness in life comes from balance…exactly the kind of balance we see in the crane.  Not only can he balance his fat little body on his skinny stick legs, he knows just when to venture off of solid ground into the bank of the lake to chance catching his dinner.  Today we take our lesson from the crane.  How will you find balance in your life?

“So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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2 thoughts on “Balance and The Crane

  1. Chris

    Great observation, T. Balance is important and I find it by watching my commitments carefully. I don’t promise to help with something that I know I might be pressed to do. I show up early and plan to stay late. I don’t rush and I don’t stress. Too many folks mean well and promise the world to their children, spouses, friends, church, family, and work. They keep late hours and burn themselves out. They drive like maniacs to keep up with the schedule they set for themselves and inspire danger and inconsiderate driving. They often have to cancel or push back promises and leave their closest allies in trouble and shorthanded. There is a lot to be said for doing less. I’d rather be called “reliable” by three people, than “kinda helpful” by thirty.

    1. Teresa Post author

      Excellently put, Chris!!! I never thought about it that way. That type of balance is so very much needed in this world, I couldn’t agree with you more. I love your statement at the end: “I’d rather be called “reliable” by three people, than “kinda helpful” by thirty.” That really says it all, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

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