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Holding the Tension between Opposites

Tuesday, July 7, 2009  at 3:04 PM
I have a confession to make: I’m not busy. My business is steady, but it’s also slow. The extra time I have on my hands is heavy. As a “three” on the Enneagram being busy helps me stay safe in my comfort zone.

Sometimes we grow most when we are uncomfortable. What can this slower time teach me? I think about it a lot.


Jungian writer Robert Johnson wrote that one of the primary tasks of life is to hold the tension between opposites. These days, that’s all I seem to do.


Right Brain..............Left Brain

Businessman......... Artist
Doing.......................Being

Work........................Play
Productivity............. People

I struggle to find the right balance in my life. While I am still anxious, I know that I am growing. I know that holding the tensions between these opposites will help me live a richer life.


What opposites are you now balancing in your life?

2 comments:

Susan Blexrud said...

Ah, yes, the balance between being and doing is my conundrum. Thanks for journeying with me, Randy, and it was great to see you last Saturday at Ron's house. Love ya,
Susan

Randy Siegel said...

Dear Susan: Don't you know it. Bringing "being" to "doing" is probably the primary life task for us Enneagram Threes. Thanks for commenting. Warmly, Randy