I shared recently a short post “The Sweet Side of Imbalance” that generated the most fruitful discussions. I explained in the post that water is imbalanced in its structure and that most colors are generated by mixing imbalanced amounts of basic colors.
Our colorful world consists of imbalanced colors. I decided to explore the topic in more detail.
There are systems that must be in total balance if we are to live healthily. One example is balance in our ears. When an inner ear loses its balance, we feel dizzy and walk with no control.
This is the weakness of perfect balance if it gets disturbed the whole system may collapse.
One more example is ecological balance. The ecological balance definition is “Ecological balance “a state of dynamic equilibrium within a community of organisms in which genetic, species and ecosystem diversity remain relatively stable, subject to gradual changes through natural succession.” and “A stable balance in the numbers of each species in an ecosystem.”
Again, major disturbances can knock ecological balance out of its balance leading to the disappearance of certain species and the emergence of new ones.
NASA challenged the long-standing belief that nature is balanced by sharing many examples of imbalanced systems in nature. I quote from NASA “Mother Nature is every moment new, never returns to the previous condition. The climate is changeable and imbalanced. The atmosphere is changeable and imbalanced. The ocean is changeable and imbalanced.”
What nature tells us is that our lives are imbalanced as well. If our surrounding are imbalanced, we need to keep adjusting our movement to restore balance but only for very short times. This biljana savic explained this ably “To be firm in balance is to lose the sense of softness in the eye or mind for what peeks out from all sides, challenging us to be creative.
A solid structure certainly has its functions, but as you know, every movement of the fulcrum creates a new structure”.
This Zen Benefiel explained so well. “Your post reminds me of rock climbing in my younger years, constantly moving from a state of imbalance to balance as I ascended the rock face with each move. I find that today, for whatever reason, there are moments of feeling so free that my body wants to just be loose, sometimes with a split-second of imbalance in the movements I make, not wanting to be so controlling and rigid in them”.
The comment of Milka Zadok Dubai added further support to the above discussion. “Imbalance makes life more colorful. Imbalance has its brighter face as well. Imbalance is progressive”.
One great advantage of imbalance that Carlos Alberto highlighted is “to purposely cause imbalance, to know who will help you stay on the right track (test in the organization)”.
Sanobar A mentioned another advantage to imbalance “While balance is often sought after for its harmony and stability, sometimes it’s through moments of imbalance that we discover hidden opportunities and growth.
Imbalance can spark innovation, pushing us out of our comfort zones and encouraging us to adapt and evolve.
John Moore added one more benefit of being in a state of imbalance “The Sweet Side of Imbalance, you say? I could not agree more! Imbalance is like the jalapeño in your guacamole; it adds that unexpected kick!”
The law of nature is imbalanced to keep us alert. This Gladstone Leslie Samuel explained wonderfully “Maybe the key to a happy life is not to juggle everything, it’s to enjoy juggling”.