John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Losing Balance

There are phrases that have gotten stuck in my head. I can't always remember where I picked them up, but they're in there -- rattling around consistently, surfacing periodically to leap from my mouth when the filters are down. These messages are programmed into my brain and may or may not reflect what I really believe. Sometimes these are relatively harmless sayings that no one actually believes. For example, when I was growing up I once heard someone say, "Never trust a man with two first names." For some reason, that stuck in my head, and I've found myself saying it more than once, though it is always in jest.

Could you imagine incorporating something as silly and arbitrary as this into your core values and beliefs? Some of the most trustworthy men in America have two first names: Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, Billy Graham (I'm relatively conservative and a huge baseball fan, so I might add George Will to that list).

Whether you like their theology (or politics as the case may be), would you really be willing to disqualify them simply because they have two first names? Of course not!

That phrase is just a goofy saying that got stuck in my head a long time ago. It leaps to mind every so often. I have a chuckle and move on with life, making decisions with better criteria than that.

But here's one I've been thinking about a lot lately: "Life is about balance."

Where did I pick that up? Is it true? Do I mean it? Should I live it?

What do you think?