I feel all out of sorts. What should I do?


I feel all out of sorts.  What should I do?


Restore the balance

Pressure, stress, tension.  Most of us are all too familiar with not just the words, but the feelings they generate.  Some of us, perhaps most of us believe that there is little we can do about it. It’s just the way life is these days.

And yet, we are not completely helpless.  We can help ourselves.

I wrote “BEING AND DOING” to remind myself that I can do something to restore the balance.  If I feel out of sorts it is an early warning that something is out of kilter.  Too much doing, not enough being is usually the culprit. 


  • How do you keep your life in balance?
  • Do you remember to be and to do?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments.  I would love to hear from you.




It’s all about the balance and the equanimity,

When the being and the doing sit in equal harmony

And we’re buffeted no longer, there’s no pressure and no pain,

We are living life just easy, without tension, without strain.

It’s a feeling we should bottle for the next time we’re caught out,

When harmony’s a memory and balance not about

And life’s getting rather heavy, and fatigue is setting in,

That’s the time to get the bottle out and once again begin

To restore a bit of balance, be and do in equal part,

Give the brain a break and settle for the whispers of the heart

Which remind us in the silence of what we forgot was true,

We are not humans doing; we are human beings who do.

 Corinne Shields

If you enjoyed “BEING AND DOING” please pass it on. 

You can find more inspirational poetry in “A String of Pearls, a Yearbook of Daily Inspiration to Soothe the Soul and Rekindle the Spirit”

Click on the book to find out more.

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And no retreat would be complete without something lovely to look at, so here’s the


Une ruelle ancienne – tres belle

A beautiful old alley

And for something really lovely to look at check out Matt George’s site at


Amongst other great photos here’s one from Emily Mitchell who seems to love France as much as I do. 

Find more of Emily’s work at


May we all be peaceful and at ease.

Have a good day.


Blue upon Grey 

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About Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at soulsnet.com. I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.
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15 Responses to I feel all out of sorts. What should I do?

  1. Denise Edwards says:

    I shall endeavour to remember this one when term starts again. It is all about balance and equanimity. xx

  2. suemoss says:

    Funny Den, I thought it was all about winning the lotto !! Hey Corrie, lovely picture, I’m feeling a bit like an ancient alley today – total headache central. XX

  3. Thank you so much for enjoying my photo so much as to include in on your lovely Blog. I appreciate the vote of confidence and am really enjoying the message that you present here. Bella

  4. OH! To answer your primary question – 7 Habits for Highly Effective People. Saved the day for me. Taught me how to make sure I made time for all of the important things in life, work, family, friends, physical and personal growth.

    • Hi Bella

      Thanks for the PS. I have a bookshelf of self help books and this one is amongst them. So much good stuff to read but doing it for yourself also so important. I’m sure your photography is a real therapeutic thing for you just as writing poetry is for me.

      Love Corinne

      • I bet your library is really awesome. I also have some self help books, but they’re dated from the 80’s. Such a self-actualization time period for Americans.
        I really enjoy photography as it makes me slow down and see the world in different eyes. I find it to be more introspective than a social activity. Thank you so much for being you.

      • Hi Bella

        Lovely to hear from you. I have been having a lovely time looking at your website. You are having a great time going around the world and taking your photos. What great memories you will have. Even I, a real amateur, am enjoying looking for those shots which will add something to soulsnet. As for the self help books, I suppose you could say that if they work why have I got so many???

        Have a good day.


      • LOL ! to funny Corinne. If you didn’t have all those books, you wouldn’t have all that wisdom to share.
        Have a wonderful day. Bella

  5. Hi Bella

    Back in the French cafe but sadly for the last time. Back to the UK soon. Have had great time in la belle France but ready for Blighty now.

    Have a great day.


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