To stimulate interest in fine arts through exhibitions,
concerts and demonstrations during the Games, and in so
doing contribute to a well-rounded life.
— One of the Ideals of Olympicism established as part of
the first modern Olympic Games held in 1896
Man’s mind should swing from inspiration to action,
from contemplation to accomplishment, from prayer to
performance. This would be a well-balanced existence.
— “The Science of Mind,” page 477
Pierre de Coubertin, the person credited with creating the
modern Olympic Games, was also fascinated with the
rediscovered ideals of Greek philosophy and lifestyles that
were popular at the time. The Athenian model citizen had been
one who was at once an artist, athlete, soldier, statesman and
philosopher. All his life, de Coubertin aspired toward this ideal
for himself and the youth of the world.
What does “balance” look like in your life? Is it an element
of your life about which you feel good or is it something you
are moving toward? As a child and teenager, I used to look at
balance in large time blocks, as in, “I’ll focus on school during
the week and have fun on the weekends,” and as a young adult,
“I’ll work during the week and a little on the weekends, and then
I’ll spend time with my family and friends.” As I got older and
my priorities shifted, I realized that it served me better to explore
balance in much shorter periods of time like, “What is in my
highest and best in this moment?”
Also, I would humbly add “spiritual being” to the equation.
My spirituality and connection to the Divine is the most important
part of my life. As I reflect on the model Athenian, I’m more
interested in being the best me rather than the best of all of those
things outlined. As the saying goes, that’s my best choice since
everyone else is already taken.
I am uniquely qualified to be me. The planet wouldn’t be the same
Daily Guide February 5, 2018 – Science Of Mind Magazine