Sunday, July 18, 2021


Balance is not fixed, but in a flow.

The world is neither white nor black, it has a full spectrum of colors and themes. The biggest challenge that we face as a society is that we, as a society throughout the ages, have had, and still have trouble finding a balance between the new vs. old, black & white; order vs. chao; right vs. wrong; solid vs. flow, yin vs. yang, opportunity vs. risk, etc. 

Only a balanced mind can see through the two sides of the coin, embrace the opinion of others and change oneself from within. Without the inner balance of energies, we cannot achieve a perfect balance of emotions and logic; without balancing analysis and gut-feeling well, we cannot make sound judgment and achieve high purposes.

It’s the delicate balance of “INSIDE and OUTSIDE” to reach emotional excellence: The world is far from perfect, and most of the problems are caused by miscommunication, poor judgment, or to dig deeper, they are caused by the unbalanced mindsets which lack emotional intelligence. We have all sorts of emotions such as joy, passion, anger, envy, sadness, which can trigger us to behave differently. Our emotions are often stimulated by the outer environment in which people interact with each other, with surroundings, with nature, etc.

Psychologically, balance means to raise our consciousness, bridge cognitive difference, recognize the cognizance between left and right brain, between head and heart, and cooperate with others to adapt in a constructive manner. It’s the delicate balance of inside and outside factors that enables us to be aware of emotional flow, and be open to engage ourselves in the activities that help us rejuvenate positive energy. A good discipline of looking both externally and internally will crystalize what is important for us as well as what our challenges are.

The solution to balance is in the Tao: “The Tao of Sage is work without effort.” - Lao Tzu: 
Balance is not a stillness or stagnation that people or things get stuck by misunderstanding the means and end. Balance is not about putting certain random or mismatched things in the same box and expecting natural harmony. Balance seems effortless, but there are all different ingredients such as flexibility, adaptability, ability of interaction, and resilience, etc, in it to make it superior.

To achieve such a state of effortless digital flow and dynamic balance, mimic nature, adopt change as a constant. The solution to balance is in the Tao. Metaphorically, water is at the state of flow in the natural world; at any time water naturally knows what the best place and the best way are, so water is obtained without effort and despite all efforts we produce against. In nature, and its overarching intent, which is to continue to adapt, to evolve, sometimes incrementally, sometimes transcendently.

Balance is a dynamic equilibrium to make change continuum: Change is inevitable, Balance in a given context is not a fixed point which is right, and all others are wrong, but some appropriate range in the continuum between extreme positions. Imbalance is inevitable if you pick one of the two opposite sides of viewpoint only, and take the two-dimensional lenses to perceive the multi-faceted world. Misjudgment happens if you perceive things either good or bad, right or wrong, black or white, etc.

Relativism implies an ability to balance other parts of the equation and reflect the sort of dynamic balance. In the business context, to make strategic decisions and solve complex problems, it's imperative to cultivate the culture of balance by appreciating diversified viewpoints, get away from letting things fall through and start creating an “integrated whole”

The art of balance is to create a cohesive picture that can both impress our heart and our mind; the science of balance is to make the two sides of equality considerably compatible; the philosophy of balance is to follow the law of nature . The universe is an intermix of micro and macro entities and every aspect of it is characterized by duality. Balance is not fixed, but in a flow. The practice for balance is to enforce learning-doing-learning continuum


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