Reminded by the movie line of Bali medicine man Ketut in his conversation with Liz Gilbert in the film Eat, Pray, Love: “Sometimes, to lose balance for love is part of living a balance life.” This adage is strongly a subscribed mantra for those who seek inspiration on the road to where they find love, happiness and maybe perhaps, inspiration. Even on the road, one finds happiness in the mundane, in the very people whom you learn to appreciate through their ordinariness and maybe, for a day, trade your place in the world. This one adage is a humbling wisdom for those who think their balance centers on where comforts abide them every day.
We are mistaken in the gnawing realities that we only live a balanced life when all we have are associated with riches and careers. We are trained, perhaps, to some, educated to equate that riches, swanky cars and mansions are what defines happiness and inspiration to the spirit. We tend to believed continually that as long as we are rich then we will be continually happy. We believed that as long as we are forever in love then we will have it forever and be continually happy. In these, we tend to ignore that even living with less means happiness too, that even in pain of heart loss we can find life continually.
What then truly inspires us to paint life the way it gives us more meaning? It is through walking in utter ordinariness, in the company of those who continue to inspire us with their lives, and in simple living that ushers constancy of lifestyle akin to the earth and the road. The heart thinks of simple ordinariness in life while the mind thinks of hidden aspirations of riches, envy and instability but always remember this: The heart echoes more than the mind.