I visited my Dad last week, he is nearly 85 and he is full of life. We had a great time together, we share the same sense of humor, which of course benefits us both. The challenge for us in western society is to help and to take care of our old folks, yet, keeping our own lives going at the same time. This can prove difficult for many and is part of the reason that many people are living longer; so that we ARE challenged to lose our selfish egocentric selves and to look after our elderly in a manner that is befitting not only for them but, also for us. Heres the thing – it is all a balancing act. An act of unconditional love for them and also an act of self-love for ourselves. Finding the balance can be tricky but it can be done. If you put all your focus on the ‘other’ be that your husband, your elderly parents or your kids, you will be out of zinc, feel deprived and end up feeling bitterness and resentment towards the other. If you swing too much the other way and are self-centered, then that is no good either. Like all things in life, it is about balance, balancing time for yourself and time for the special others in your life. It is so important to get the balance right and to have enough ‘me’ time. If you give too much of yourself, then, you will not be able to personally grow and prosper as you should. There can exist an emotional tug of war in your head and heart if you cannot find the correct balance. And having mixed and confused emotions blocks your energy, slows down your vibrational body and creates havoc down the line. This havoc will potentially appear in the form of illness, (as all stress leads to illness in one form or another). That is why emotional management is so important for us, we should not let our emotions rule us, but, learn to manage our emotions. Finding the right balance in our lives is only one example of how stress creeps into our lives without us being even fully aware of it. Emotional management is sooooooooo necessary for our overall health and well-being. We need to acquire emotional management from an early age, we need to learn to step back and to view our emotional state objectively and rationally. Otherwise, we will not be ‘free’, but we will be over-ruled and over-ran. Being emotionally aware and being the captain our of own destinies is what true freedom is all about, otherwise we only ‘think’ we are free, whilst in fact, our emotional state rules us; dictating our health, our energy levels our form. Just as divinely intended it is only when we are really free, that we can then live life to our maximum potential and regain our personal power; otherwise we are only slaves in shackles.