How do you navigate life’s uneven surfaces?


31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces

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Thirty-one is an odd number. 

That is how life is. Odd. Not even or simple or predictable. 

Estimated time of arrival is just that, it is estimated. Expectations are not always met.

I want a balanced and structured plan. I want to stick with the plan and complete it. I want to then move on to the next plan and complete it. Early. Successfully. 

But as I walk toward that goal, the sidewalk ends. As I swim toward the shore, the waves intensify. As I believe this is the day or the week or the month or the year, my schedule doesn’t have the final word. 

The perfectly structured and balanced life I thought I wanted and needed isn’t realistic or effective or healthy. So, instead of waiting for the external world to calm down, I am learning to adjust to life’s lack of steadiness. I keep a list of ways I can find balance in the uneven surfaces of life. I am including many of them in these stories and thoughts. 

They help me adjust to how life is. I hope they help you adjust to how life is. 

Equilibrium is about finding our own balance.

We live a dark and confusing world. Maxwell’s prose and his poetry are just the antidote you’ve been looking for—creative, a bit capricious, and wonderfully uplifting.

Mark Rutland

Executive Director, National Institute of Christian Leadership

In these thirty-plus readable chapters, Chris Maxwell weaves a tapestry of grace, mercy, and love that, at the conclusion, shows us the heart of Jesus Christ.

Doug Beacham

General Superintendent, International Pentecostal Holiness Church

Equilibrium is a collection of beautifully written stories, reminders and encouragements for us as we journey through life. It’s an invitation to slow down and be present in the moment and find the chaos in our lives fade into a time of rest. His pastoral heart and his desire for people to know the love of God is evident on each page. Once again Chris Maxwell has written a book that will engage your mind and serve to help restore your heart along the way.

Dr. Charlie Dawes

Lead Pastor, Hill City Church, Alexandria, VA

Chris Maxwell’s book Equilibrium is a psychologist’s dream handbook. It reads like a therapist doing the complex, mysterious, yet meaningful work of helping a client regain balance in his or her life.

Beverly J. Oxley, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Founder and Director of Wellsprings Psychological Resources Founder and Executive Director of The Ark Family Preservation Center

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