What is a good quote about how to lead a balanced life? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Misha Yurchenko, Japan-based writer and entrepreneur, on Quora:

As most people can surely relate, life is not this string of great habits. There are always bad days, challenges, ups and downs, failures and successes, times of great joy and times of great sorrow. We try and go on the diet but then gorge our faces at our friends wedding. We try to get more sleep but end up having to take care of extra work. I think people take themselves too seriously and beat themselves up over apparent "failure" but often don't realize that there are simple ebbs and flows of life.

Throughout history we've have periods of feast and fast -- villages would have huge festivals, drink, dance, and go totally wild. For the next 2 weeks, they would be back at work and in religious cases would abstain from eating. Then they would repeat the process. Nowadays, we've gotten into this habit of choosing one or the other. We choose to go all out on 100% feasting, which results in all sorts of chronic illnesses, obesity and unhappiness. Or, we go into this hyper-sensitive mode of always "fasting," or in other words, being extremely restrictive, health conscious, or over-sensitive. That doesn't fly, either, and you become the stuck-up vegan that nobody wants to talk to.

Unfortunately, having one without the other doesn't work. You go to work, then you take a vacation. You have a feast, then you eat healthy. You go party, then you take a break. These are the cycles of days, weeks, months... and it's just life.

There is a great quote from a monk who said, "I can't control the waves of the ocean, but I can learn how to surf." Often we're trying to control the waves where in reality we just need to ride things out and not beat ourselves up so much. Or, in short, we need balance.

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Published on: Jul 19, 2018