"And how do we keep our balance? I can tell you in one word: Tradition!"

 - Tevye; Fiddler on The Roof

The thread of humanity - no matter the culture - starts with tradition. And with traditions come balance and balance, traditions.

Keeping your balance these days is no easy feat. With life's ever-growing list of to-do's and ever-diminishing hours, it may seem as though you'll never catch a break! From sleeping to working to eating to family, balance is a lifestyle highly sought after these days but difficult to nail down.

Have faith.

While traditions are carried forth at all times of the year, winter is the season of traditions, of balance, of new beginnings. In the quiet of winter... there is balance, there is stillness. This time of year can serve as a great reminder of the importance of balance. It's a time of year that can camouflage the buzz of daily obligations... and it's tradition that we have to thank for that.

After all, many of life's traditions revolve around the comforts of family and home. And for me, my family and home are my balance... my stillness in a hectic world of constant running (physically and mentally).

Traditions can be big (like a family trip) or small (like baking cookies with your mother). They can seem regular or insignificant but embrace them. TRADITION! is the foundation for jump starting a rejuvenated mind and body.

As you go forth through this winter season, embrace your traditions - big or small - or create new ones! Count your blessings, breathe, and find your balance.

 ~ Christina Monson