Balance by Mastering the Art of the Tightrope

Posted on: October 30, 2012 Category: Guest Experts

Happy Tuesday, beautiful souls! This week I have the honour of presenting you an amazing post on balance by Kelly Valentine from Glamorous Spirit. Kelly and I have been in contact for a few months now, and I absolutely love her posts and writing.

I posted a post on 5 ways to find balance in life few weeks ago – but I thought it’d be interesting to have Kelly’s spin on this topic! I really enjoyed this post, and I hope you do too! I also talked about fear on her blog last week, so if you haven’t yet seen the post – check it out here!

Art of the Tightrope


When I think about balance and how many of us struggle with it, the attainment of it, and how to keep it – I’m met with one image.

Art of the Tightrope

The tightrope walker.

Their very life depends on balance. They are in a constant dance with it, always adjusting and coming back to alignment in order to take that next step forward. With this in mind, I took to the wonderful world of the Internet to look for inspiration…

What I discovered

Another word for a tightrope walker is “Funambulist”. That’s right. FUNambulist.

I find this interesting mainly because I see it as a reminder to have fun in our journey. It’s not that serious!! Just notice where you’re feeling off and explore what you could do to bring back your sense of balance.

5 ways to master the art of the tightrope

1. Take the drama out of it and bring in a sense of play—especially if you’re feeling burnt out. What are you craving?? A silly movie? A trip to an arcade? A night out with the girls? The biggest challenge once you realize what it is that you’re craving is to take action on it. You might not be able to do it today or this week but plan it out so you know it’s coming. Sweet anticipation.

2. Use a balancing tool. Many tightrope walkers use a balancing tool, such as a long pole or an umbrella to help them keep their balance. We need balancing tools too!! Since we would all look a little crazy carrying around a pole all day long, what can we use to help us? The answer is simple.

Breathe. Your breath is your innate balancing tool. Have you ever taken a deep breath and NOT felt instantly more balanced? Think about yoga. Yoga begins and ends with focusing on your breath. It is your breath that will allow you to flow through those poses and your life with any sense of grace. So start paying attention to your breath and take the time to slow down and experience some deep breaths, especially when that feeling of “I have SO much to DO!!” comes screaming at you.

4. Take your time. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I have never once seen a tightrope walker speed walking across a high wire. Not once. A sense of urgency is good in certain situations but not in your everyday life if you want to have balance while meeting your goals. Whether you’re tightrope walking across Niagara Falls or trying to launch a business, slow and steady really does win the race. Give yourself permission to slow down; it doesn’t make you weak…it strengthens your resolve.

5. Focus on staying balanced. Lastly, when I imagine being inside the mind of a tightrope walker, I realize how important focus is to staying balanced. Funambulists damn sure don’t look back and they don’t look down – they look forward. That’s their only option. The looking forward is what will make those days when you feel out of balance seem worthwhile. Remember your WHY and keep it fresh in your mind. Focus on that feeling of arriving and imbalance slowly melts away.

Extra inspiration + support for your journey to balance

Read: “True Balance” by Sonia Choquette

Watch: The documentary, “Man on Wire

Quote: “A well developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” – William Arthur Ward

About The Author
Kelly ValentineKelly Valentine is a writer and curator of beauty (inside + out).  She created Glamorous Spirit to be a corner of the blogosphere where you can come be inspired, uplifted, and reminded.  She enjoys combing the web for stories to share with you, quotes to remind you, and visuals to inspire you.  Her blood type is B + so it’s literally in her blood to bring some positivity to you and your world.  She also wants you to know that you are not alone.  You can visit her at {}


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  1. Jia Ni and Kelly – what a beautiful collaboration! Kelly, this article is SO good – you already know how I feel about balance but I love hearing how you’re able to bring such simplicity in how to approach it! Thanks for sharing this!