The Art Of Balance
One of the truly useful skills for any entrepreneur is the ability to keep all of the various balls in the air while maintaining a solid footing. Whether it’s a work/life thing, a financial chore, or finding the time to work on, as opposed to in, your business, maintaining a sense of balance is always challenging but absolutely essential.
From day to day, from project to project, I somehow maintain that balance, but there are times when life just throws the proverbial monkey wrench into the works and things get wobbly. A recent such “life happens” event found me in San Francisco, far away from home and office for a long three-week stretch to take care of some family business. Living and working remotely while dealing with other pressing matters was pulling me in several directions at once. And while I managed to stay surprisingly productive, my equilibrium was most definitely out of whack.
I was feeling particularly off kilter the morning I decided to pay a visit to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where I happened upon an exhibit of one of my all-time favorite artists, Alexander Calder. From his ethereal mobiles to his sprawling-and-whimsical “Circus,” experiencing Calder’s work brings out the child in me, and hits me in the heart every time. But on this day, surprisingly, my response was almost physical. Standing, gazing at his amazing mobile, “Four Big Dots,” its floating geometric shapes maintaining their delicate symmetry, even as they slowly danced over and under one another, I felt my equilibrium return.
Calder’s work, like all great art, can provide that kind of fresh, new perspective. As chaotic as life can sometimes get, it’s helpful to step back and look at the big picture, even as you keep your feet firmly on the ground, always accepting and celebrating that delicate balance.