Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” And Ann Morrow Lindbergh said: “A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.”
Breakdancing on a Balance Beam is all about the music of life and the peace of silence—and finding the equilibrium between the two.
Thoughts collected in this book are grouped according to skills and knowledge essential for achieving balance in life. You don’t have to read it straight through—you can visit it when you need a lift or to see how someone else dealt with a similar challenge. You can start with a topic in the middle or at the end. Balance is about capitalizing on ups and downs and learning how each of them can teach us life’s lessons.
The Key Is To Find What Works For You.
A Note from the Author
When I was a child, I often organized my brothers and sisters to perform plays for our relatives. We’d sing and dance, and tumble like acrobats. I dreamed of someday becoming a great singer -but my vocal chords did not share that dream! And while I was a good athlete, I was no Mary Lou Retton. I have always been captivated by gymnasts – those nimble, strong athletes dancing their way across a balance beam. Perhaps because I grew up in the television age when we could see world class gymnasts performing live, my dreams have always taken me to a place of movement, grace and balance.
Growing up, I was enthralled by graceful dances and gymnastic routines. I envied those athletes who combined physical and emotional strength, poise, flexibility and mental discipline. In more recent times, those skills are combined in breakdancing – that high-energy contortionism that looks like a combination of dancing and what your body does when you hit a patch of ice on a ski slope. Looking back, it’s clear that I was not destined to become either a dancer or a gymnast. Instead, my life’s journey took me on a different path. After a tour through several careers that just weren’t good matches with who I am, I took to the road of entrepreneurship… “and that has made all the difference” (to quote Robert Frost). I discovered my true passion: running my own business.
Now that I ‘m older, more experienced and, I hope a bit wiser, I think that my childhood dreams were preparation for all the ups and downs that life as a business owner throws at you. I have learned a lot and wanted to share what I learned. So I started writing a monthly newsletter – both as a way to share my experiences so others could learn from them without going through them and (practically speaking) as a way to keep in touch with my clients. What I didn’t expect was that writing would become something I looked forward to each month. Plus, my clients started telling me how much they enjoyed reading them. I hope these newsletters will become a legacy-for my grandchildren and those I might have touched in some way over the years.