When people ask me what I do, and I tell them I teach a course called Designing a Balanced Life, longing invariably smears across their faces. “I need that,” is often the response. But then, when asked to conjure an image of balance, they think of a scale or a stack of rocks. I don’t believe we are seeking a static state of equilibrium these images represent, or eternal peace, or even a life without conflict.
Then, what is it we seek when we yearn for balance? Or maybe a better question is this: