Tuesday, October 4, 2011

31 Days: Homeostasis

I thought of that one this morning.  Homeostasis.  He he!  I really crack myself up.  

This is not a scientific place.  I do not have the tendency towards detail that is necessary for the biologies and the chemistries.  I mean, I say "thinger" all the time when asking for something to be handed to me, I add a "dash" or a "pinch" when I'm baking, and I'm just way to clumsy to be allowed to work with combustible materials or super sharp things.  
ASIDE: I want a chainsaw and a screw-gun for Christmas, and our first housewarming gift was a flaming pineapple.  Clearly, I ignore my limitations most of the time.  The results are not always pretty.
But I can break down this word, "Homeostasis" for you.  It's all about balance.  Google says this about the word: 

Noun: The tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, esp. as maintained by physiological processes.  More »

I have learned, especially through these last few days, that my body, mind, soul, and sleep schedule, long, yearn and pine for homeostasis.  I need a stable equilibrium between work and home; awake and sleep; action and inaction.  There are times that I really need to buckle down and muscle through something, but also times when the pendulum swings back the other way and I need to relax and breathe, even when stuff is still going on. 

Homeostasis always brings to mind the word balance.  However, there is another word that pops up in my mind right behind that one: Peace.  When life/events/feelings/physiological processes are in homeostasis, there is peace.  When they are not, there is a striving, a stirring, because it is the natural way of things to want homeostasis.  

Once again I am at a loss for how to end this post.  Perhaps because I've been so terrible at having balance in my life these past 10-or-so days.  I know that peace, true peace, does not come from striving, but from faith.  I also know that the only way to get this knot of stress in my belly to dissolve is to actually finish some of the things on my ToDo list.  I feel the need to justify the stress, to tell you that, "Yes, I know that God is in control" and to explain that "I don't really mean stress, I mean a yearning to get things done" but really, its the same thing.  I do know that God is in control.  I also know that He has very little motivation to snap his fingers and deliver my homework to me by Angelic messenger.  

I just don't see this happening.
I think it could, I just don't think it will.
If it does, I'll let you know.

So I'm going to seek some balance today.  I'm going to do some work, I'm going to enjoy my surroundings, I'm going to try and eat according to the food pyramid suggestions (I ♥ the food pyramid).  I'm going to sleep an appropriate amount, I'm going to try and get some activity in... but I'm also going to quiet my soul, to recognize that all of the above, and really every thing is all contingent, as Southerners say, upon 

"Lord willing and the creek don't rise"

I'm not so much concerned with the "balancing act" which is, in my words, trying to get everything done, as I am with bringing an element of balance to my life.  Do you have balance?  How did you find it?  How do you re-balance throughout the day?

Off to get 3-5 fruits & 11 servings of whole grains,

*To see the other 31 Days: Home posts, check out the bottom of this link.

1 comment:

  1. I've been striving for peace, but struggling. My "to do" list doesn't leave much room for balance these days. Struggling with how to resolve those two: getting things done, and still achieving homeostasis.


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