Typically, when someone speaks of balancing the books, the meaning evokes a statement about finances, or economics. It’s an accounting term.
The other day, a friend used this phrase in a completely different context.
He referred to it as a sort of decompressing, wind-down, end of day activity. A way of balancing the brain before sleep: did everything that was set out to be accomplished today get done? What didn’t?
I pondered this statement all day.
People have different methods of processing the day’s events. My time is mornings rather than evenings…I’m an early riser and cherish the complete silence and solitude that those wee hours bring. I have my whole set-up: water, coffee, phone/laptop, TV set to a morning show or the Weather Network usually on mute…
It’s a little luxurious when there’s no kid rolling on the pillows on the couch, when there’s noone’s clutter to move so I can sit, when noone is talking or demanding attention from me.
In warmer weather, I sit outside and watch the sun come up while simultaneously catching up on my phone. But that won’t happen till at least June…
Those early morning hours are the time when I think about yesterday’s unfinished business and today’s upcoming business. This is the time when I connect with friends in different time zones. This is the time when I can, in peace, research things I don’t have time to do during the day. I write or blog, I read, I scan social media (Twitter, mostly, and Instragram).
If, for whatever reason, I sleep longer on a morning however, my state of mind ends up being just a bit off. A little bit less balanced. I feel more discombobulated when I’m in a rush to get stuff done or the family out of the house and it impacts the rest of my day.
Those days, I end up going to bed earlier than usual. To decompress there, by myself, with a book or TV.
But my daily aim is always to achieve balance. I am, after all, a Libra.
Sadly, complete equilibrium doesn’t happen often. Even though I try. Because…
Tell me, are you an early riser, a night owl or completely normal? Does completely normal exist? If yes, provide clear instructions so we can learn. 😜