An Unbalanced Wheel Won’t Turn

And an Unbalanced Life Won’t Function

I have written some on the importance of keeping our life in balance in prior posts, and for the most part I do manage to achieve balance in my life.  However, I have been pulled strongly in several directions over the past few weeks and I am feeling very out of sync!

I like to think of a healthy existence as one in which all aspects of our lives are in balance; exercise, health and nutrition, family relationships, friendships, work, etc.  (Add other categories that are important to you such as education, hobbies, sports activities, spirituality, etc.)   We can think of a balanced life almost like points on a circle or a wheel:

 Balance graphic


When our lives are balanced, all aspects exert an equal pressure and the circle is round—the wheel rolls smoothly.  When any one (or two) area(s)  of our lives require too much attention, for too long, it exerts too much pull on the circle making it lopsided and the wheel won’t turn!


All this is to offer an explanation as to why I haven’t been exercising, nor blogging nor paying too much attention to friends lately!  I have been insanely busy with work (no complaints here, just an observation), and with family matters.

However, as both this situations are temporary, I am hoping to get back into a routine and round out my circle once again!



  1. What a great analogy. I have to admit my wheel has been getting might wonky. Thank goodness soccer season has started!

  2. My flat tire is slowly being re-inflated.

  3. I feel my wheel has so many spokes and I getting bruised. Time to make the wheel round again.

  4. Very cool illustration of a very real problem for many of us, especially those who work at home. Life/work balance can be challenging, and sometimes you need to step away and look at it in the perspective you’ve provided. Love the wheel!

  5. The wheel analogy is superb! Wonderful advice and a great reminder that keeping that wheel round takes diligence!

  6. My life-wheel has admittedly been a bit unbalanced as of late, which is no wonder why I feel like my wheels are spinning and I’m going nowhere in all directions. I blame some on my recent move, but really, it’s more that I need to take a step back and reevaluate how I’m spending my time. Here’s to gradually getting back on track! My jogging really got all out of whack this summer, and now it’s an uphill climb to regain the progress I had made.

  7. It is extremely frustrating when our lives are not balanced. I know when I do not go for my walks I am out of sorts. When everything is balanced it makes the days so much smoother. 🙂

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