Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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Your Mind and Your Heart

The video below is of William Jefferson Clinton speaking on Nelon Mandela’s 95th birthday a couple of week ago:

The following passage is 6 minutes in.

“This is what I think it amounts to – Mandels’a 95 years teach us three lessons:

  •  firstly, you can’t free anybody else and you can’t serve anybody else unless first you free yourself – from bitterness, and hatred and resentment; and the paralysis  that they bring….
  • secondly, that our freedom to serve is limited when other people are not free and empowered….
  • finally, none of us need to be in public office to be of  public service….

So, first we must free ourselves, then we must free others and we must serve as a way of life, not as a route to office.
Those are the lessons that every person on earth can learn, embrace and live by.”

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The Star: “Chalkboard Notes on Atlas Ave. Brighten Neighbourhood”

Byle, a tall 38-year-old with the faintest trace of grey in his dark brown hair, has the neighbourhood’s attention, and admiration, ever since he started posting daily messages on a chalkboard in his front window.

“One simple hello could change everything.”

Ayden Byle moved in to his neighbourhood two months ago. One day on a lark he put up a message on a chalkboard in his front window. Now he does it every day, and he's earned a following.

“Grace trumps karma”

“Is there any better place than here?”

Every morning, parents who drop their children off at the nearby schools slow down to read the status updates. Some take pictures. Others leave sticky note requests on his front door.

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The Power of Kindness







Dr. David Hamilton discussing how kindness makes us happy and benefits the heart through the effects of the hormone oxytocin.

“A small group of people with kindness and compassion in their hearts can change the world”



The Power of Kindness

The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

By Piero Ferrucci

The Table of Contents is a wonderful place to begin to appreciate this wonderful book: Ferrucci simply lists the following qualities and then devotes one chapter to each.




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In the selected passages, below, Ferrucci shares more on the art of living.


On Patience –

“Immediate gratification is one of the most obvious aspects of our contemporary social life. We don’t want to wait, we want everything straightaway, and we become aggressive when we cannot have it. In the era of impatience, we have lost the art of waiting. I believe that to rediscover this art and to teach it to our children is to give them one of the best possible gifts.”

On Flexibility –

“In a universe in which nothing stays the same, it is hard to find any stronghold that may offer us protection and security. The only way to survive consists in the art of adapting to events that continually take us by surprise.


On Respect –

“Thomas Yeomans, author and founder of the Concord Institute, talks of the “soul wound”, what we feel when as children we are not seen for who we are – a soul full of marvellous potential for love, intelligence, and creativity –but instead are perceived as a difficult, headstrong child, or as a lovely showpiece, or as a great nuisance – or not seen at all. If the true self is not seen, we are hurt, and this wound will accompany us into adult hood. In order to be accepted, we will cut our ties with out own true soul, with all that really matters to us. Knowingly or unknowingly, we will try to become what others want us to be, or on the contrary, because of our pain, we will be at war with them. Our deep wound will be a remote, opaque reminder that we have lost who we are. Thus, we will survive, but we will not live.”

“… we are made of our perceptions. What we see or presume to see day after day constitutes who we are and colours our entire life. If our view is tired and stale and if everything we see appears empty, we will end up empty shells ourselves. If we see people as interesting and special, our world becomes stimulating and open.”

“Our perception is like a ray of light falling on a plant – it makes it more visible, nourishes it, stimulates its growth. Think of how many talents and qualities in everyone that are not fully manifest because they are not seen.”