by Wilferd A. Peterson
The man walks out on the high wire over empty space, sways above the breathless crowd, defies the law of gravity. . . .
The successful living of a life can be compared to walking across a high wire.
The indispensable quality needed is balance.
The balanced self is the well-integrated self. A harmonious combination of all the constructive elements of personality makes the self whole.
The balanced self practices moderation, avoids extremes, follows the maxim "Not anything too much."
The balanced self meets the challenges of life with equanimity. It is neither exalted by success nor dejected by failure. It meets despair with hope and climbs the heights with humility.
The balanced self maintains mental equilibrium. It has ideals without illusions. It separates fact from fancy. It keep a level head.
The balanced self is mature. It considers everything from a grown-up viewpoint balanced by a child's simplicity.
The balanced self balances dreams with action. It uses the power of inner thought to inspire outer achievement. And it uses action to stimulate further dreams.
The balanced self guards against quick emotional reactions. It does not jump to impulsive conclusions. It delays action until it has had time, calmly and fairly, to balance all the factors involved.
The balanced self is resilient; it is flexible to change. Like a tree in the wind, it bends without breaking.
The balanced self knows the error of constant effort. It renews itself through prayer and relaxation, that it may apply a higher impact of energy and creative power to the task at hand.
The balanced self lives a balanced life. It balances work and play, love and worship.
The balanced self maintains the I AM of the spirit at the center of self, in full command of its destiny.