"Balance: the dynamic art of avoiding falls" - www.renoSOAR.com
So often in life we are looking for a perfect balance. This point where everything is perfectly aligned. As a physical therapist working on recovery we are not only looking at alignment, but also strength of the muscles to respond as needed when the surface you are standing on changes in order to keep you upright. This is what we call balance training. In essence, it is the ability to keep you from falling down by adjusting your center of mass to keep you "balanced." It is dynamic. It is not static. The need for good balance often occurs when you are not in an ideal situation. It is how you respond to the changing environment that determines whether or not you will fall or stay upright.
If we translate this to life, balance is not a simple static moment. Life is dynamic, always. When people say things to me like "perfect" or "balance", I always smile. You may be catching someone in a snapshot of his/her life. Because the reality is that we are all just teetering. Often what we don't see is the minor (or major) adjustments we are making daily to keep upright. Aren't we all leaning just a little one way or the other and adjusting? And sometimes, you don't notice, but maybe what is keeping someone balanced is a friend nearby to lean on for a moment. Maybe it is the wind that blows just right. Or they take a big step over to sturdy ground.
We strive daily to avoid falling. Because every step we take is actually us falling forward and catching ourselves. And maybe a hand reaches out to help just in time.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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