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How to Find Balance in My Personality Using Poetry

A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.

Know Thyself: Understand Your Personality

Self-reflection in the mirror brings balance and understanding of one's personality.

Self-reflection in the mirror brings balance and understanding of one's personality.

Our Character Traits and Qualities

Personality traits are those qualities making us uniquely who we are as individuals. These traits are revealed by the ways in which we interact with our environment, particularly in our relationships with others.

Some traits stand out more than others, depending on the situation within which we find ourselves. But for the most part, there are only a few personality traits that primarily define one person. Those traits usually remain stable over the lifespan, barring mental illness, dementia, or exposure to severe trauma.

If we are introspective, we are aware of our personality traits, as displayed by how we move through our daily lives. When we are honest with ourselves, we are cognizant of how one personality trait may dominate, while another may retract.

In order to maintain well-rounded personalities, we strive to maintain balance in all aspects of our personalities, as we carry out the tasks of life with focus and purpose. The following poem, written in acrostic form, depicts the labor and resolve of this struggle.

Using Poetry to Express Who We Are

Different poetry forms are used as a vehicle to express one's personality.

Different poetry forms are used as a vehicle to express one's personality.

A Poem About Balance With Purpose

"Balance and Purpose"


Can the calmness of my spirit

Amend the scatter that

Lives in my head, as I

Move through busy schedules of life?


Driving me from task to task

Running like a headless chicken

In several directions at once, priorities

Vying for my attention, I

End up exhausted but

None the less blessed with opportunity


Giving back, in the midst of stress

I find ways to stay focused on the

Very things that tire me most

I feel complete in the end, with

No regrets, as I do all things to the

Glory of God


(JLE)

How Do I Find Balance in Myself?

We look for ways to regulate our emotions and personality traits through deep introspection in the hopes of finding balance in our lives.

We look for ways to regulate our emotions and personality traits through deep introspection in the hopes of finding balance in our lives.

Defining the Form

An acrostic poem is a uniquely formed piece of creative writing that uses a word or words as the theme of the piece, with one letter in each line spelling out the theme words.

The letters are most commonly the first letter of each line. It could also be a middle letter or last letter of each line.

The piece can rhyme or not. It can be an easy or difficult form of poetry to write, depending on the courage and reach of the writer.

Acrostic Poetry Form

Helpful Tips for a Balanced Personality

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

Comments

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on November 09, 2013:

You're welcome, Lion Child. Glad you liked it and feel inspired. Another hubber inspired me to write this one. Thank you for your comments.

Lion Child on November 09, 2013:

This is inspiring. I often struggle to find balance and feel like I am thinking 100 thoughts at once. Your poem is a good reminder to take a deep breath and approach things with a calmer mind.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 06, 2013:

Thanks, Kathryn, for liking this one, too. Glad you stopped by to check it out and leave a nice comment. It was my first attempt at acrostic. It was a lot of fun to write it.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on October 06, 2013:

Great poem, and I like your explanation of the acrostic. I remember doing those when I was young.

Haha, just now I remembered who wrote the article I was thinking of. But in the meantime, I am glad I checked this one out! You are good at these poems, and I enjoy reading them, as well as reading your thoughts. I am also glad that you haven't deleted any of your hubs. I have heard of so many people doing it, and it makes me a little sad.

Have a great afternoon!

~ Kathryn

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 29, 2013:

Oh my, manatita44, thank you for that beautiful comment. You are so correct in your perception of my poem. I appreciate your visit. Thank you very much.

manatita44 from london on June 29, 2013:

You speak of God. Your poem is so beautiful!! Yet when I got to the God part I was even more deeply moved. Loving thoughts.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 26, 2013:

So glad you liked this one, inspired by hubber PHILLYDREAMER'S challenge to write a poem about how 3 aspects of our personality are related. It resonated with me because I am in constant search of balance with all that I have on my plate. It was fun writing the poem, my first attempt at acrostic form. And I enjoyed putting the hub together. I appreciate your votes, hugs to you for sharing.

Bradrick H. from Texas on June 26, 2013:

Hello there Janis. What a great poem you've written once again. Balance in life is very important to both physical and emotional health. However, at times it can be difficult to properly balance the various things and obligations that we as people must meet. I think that your poem is excellent in the sense that it provides hope to anyone that is trying to strike that balance. Great, great job. Voted up, rated beautiful, and shared.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 13, 2013:

Glad you liked it, I enjoyed the challenge. Thanks so much for the opportunity to stretch myself without feeling pressured or under the gun. I appreciate you posting it as well.

Jose Velasquez from Lodi, New Jersey on June 13, 2013:

Hey, I see you gave my challenge a shot, I really like the intro and the poem was nicely done. I'll be sure to share this on my poetry blog.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 05, 2013:

You're welcome, eddy. Thanks for reading it.

Eiddwen from Wales on June 05, 2013:

Very interesting indeed and thank you for sharing.

Eddy.

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 04, 2013:

Exactly, Mhatter, therein lies the balance. Thanks for stopping by.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 04, 2013:

Thank you for this reflection. Unfortunately, at times, I may have gone overboard. But in charity work...

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2013:

Thanks, Bill, I'm getting there :-)

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2013:

Thank you, Faith, bless you for that. It was fun.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 03, 2013:

Such an important message, Jan! Balance in life....without a doubt it was a turning point in my life.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 03, 2013:

Very interesting and clever!

Acrostic poetry is not that easy to write, but you pulled it off beautifully.

God bless, Faith Reaper

Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on June 03, 2013:

Well thank you very much, cynthtggt. I'm glad you were enlightened with something new. I tried it as a challenge from PHILLYDREAMER's forum. I appreciate your comments, visit, and votes.

Cynthia Taggart from New York, NY on June 03, 2013:

Uplifting. I like that you convey the simple truth so well in this hub, and you succeed here by using this style poetry Acrostic that I did not know before. Unique. Voted up and beautiful. I learned something today.

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