Today's post is a guest post from my sweet and wonderful husband who let me sleep through my usual blog writing time and kept my Elmo loving son from waking me up before the amazing hour of 8:30am!!! I don't know how long its been since I slept this long :)
So on with the post:
Par·a·dox [par-uh-doks] -noun
1. A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
2. Any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.
Acting Balanced...what a funny title. Heather wrote the other day (2/25/10) that I am one of the most balanced components of her life but in reality I am probably one of the most 'unbalanced' people out there. I am a walking oxymoron (or maybe just the last part). My work is my play. I am painfully shy but have no problem talking in front of large groups. I am a creature of habit that has no set routine. Heck, I can be listening to Broadway tunes followed by Nine Inch Nails followed by Shania Twain and find that perfectly normal. I am a walking paradox. I guess that is what makes me interesting to Heather (it sure isn't my rock hard body).
So what makes me balanced? I have pondered this lately as Heather has endeavoured to move this blog forward. My balance is not one of time and space but of mental state. I guess my mental state is quite grounded in a quasi-Buddhist philosophy. The concept of the middle path is probably the one constant about me. I really work hard in my life to be mindful of a prioritized world. I concentrate on trying to make the world better for others and my life typically becomes fulfilled as a result. Another nice paradox and that is the way I like it...
Wayne's Biography (By Wayne) Wayne W. Smith is Heather's hubby. Wayne is a professor whose research is primarily centered on the social-psychology of travel (or non-travel as it may be). He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, conducted his undergraduate studies at Brock University, MA at the University of Waterloo and his PhD at Wilfrid Laurier University.