“Negotiating the Balance Beam of Life’s Journey”

Ray Krise and Bjorn Nilson

On life’s journey we seek balance and wholeness in our lives; the kind of existential togetherness which frees us to be ourselves, allows us to relate to others and to society with authenticity, and grants the of peace of mind and spirit we all seek. But life’s path is not a gentle walk in the park. It’s rather like undertaking an exercise on a gymnast’s balance beam. We are constantly pulled one way or the other by pairs of opposites: left or right, this or that, right or wrong, on and on. How do we keep that balance beam from becoming a slippery slope toward an inauthentic life? Does symmetry in nature give us a model? Like every good gymnast, is success on this existential balance beam a function of practice, practice, practice?