Balancing Act

 Did you ever say or do something dumb?  Not just dumb, I mean really dumb.  Dumb to the point that someone asked “Is your head screwed on straight?”  That’s a funny saying because I can’t even imagine someone’s head being placed on their body wrong.  Too far forward and you’d be staring at your shoes.  To far back and you’d be gazing at the sky…and, it would be kinda hard to swallow.  

Emotionally, I think we all want to be level-headed.  Physically, however, our spines won’t allow it.  The cervical spine curves inward so that our heads can balance on our necks.  Without the curve, it wouldn’t balance.   

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I’ll bet you never thought about how your head balances on your neck before.  Or maybe you have…if you were a wannabe runway model or pageant winner (…cue the Miss America hand wave) and walked around with books balanced on your cranium.  I could never do it well.  Balance books that is.  Okay, the hand wave either – it always looks like I have the Girl Scouts Promise sign rockin’.  See….   


I think the human skeleton is super cool.  Not because I have an iota of interest in the medical profession (I black out at the sight of blood), but I do like skeletons.  In particular, I think the human spine is absolutely fascinating.     

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Caring about posture and spinal alignment is not something that most people worry about.  But, I must.  I’ve had a lot of problems with my back over the years including back surgery in 2005.  From my personal experience let me just tell ya that the spine is nothing to fool around with.  It supports your entire body and if something isn’t right, it lets you know…screams it, actually.     

 Every time I have a painful episode or blowout with my back, it’s always the result of not enough exercise + too much sitting at my desk + too busy of a schedule + stress.  In fact, my doctor said that if I don’t get with the program by doing sit ups and stretches every day, I’ll have back problems my entire lifetime.    

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I submit to you a theory.  Just like our real backs, we need to take care of our symbolic BACKBONES that I talk about all the time…all of those intangible traits and characteristics that make us who we are and define us as unique individuals.  What happens when there are pressures on your symbolic BACKBONE?  When it’s not balanced?  When you try to “correct” its natural curves?  When it’s not getting enough exercise?     

Are there episodes?  Are there blowouts?  Is there pain?  In my life, the answer is yes.    

Think about all of those qualities that make you…you.  Not one other person on Earth is put together exactly like you are, either physically or characteristically.  Celebrate your uniqueness.  Embrace  your quirks.  Take care of both of your backbones.    

Do you take better care of your physical health or your mental and emotional health?  How do you know if you’ve struck a good balance?


4 responses to this post.

  1. This is something I thought about writing on my own blog recently. When things are out of whack, you’re right, our moods are affected. I was recently under a lot of stress with a home remodeling, work, school, traveling husband and I was waaaaay out of alignment and I ended up getting a cold. Not only was I a surly person during that stressful time, but I got physically sick.
    Staying balanced and in alignment is so important. Great post!


  2. WOW. Seriously, wow. This post really spoke to me because I have been thinking that I am getting run over too much lately. At first I thought it was just that I was being non-confrontational in a positive way since I am wont to pick a fight usually, now maybe I think I’ve gone too far. I do my sit ups daily but I wonder what the emotion equivalent of a sit up is.


  3. I wish I had tips on embracing/dealing with change. Sigh. I really don’t. I am battling back some depression at the moment b/c of the state of our house during a renovation. GA! BTW – I now keep MY change at work b/c someone else in my home takes the change I used to contribute to and uses it for their own mad money. Boo!


    • oooo – but the rennovation will probably be so nice when you’re done! It’s sometimes painful to acheive beauty, or else we wouldn’t lift weights and wax!


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