This led to thinking about balance as a verb: steady, stabilize, poise or level – the idea of keeping something in a steady position so that it does not fall. Say like my life – :).
Then again maybe seeing balance from the artists eye: balance in art refers to the ways in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged. Balance can be symmetrical (“formal”), where elements are given equal “weight” from an imaginary line in the middle of a piece. ( What I have been trying to do -equal weight!)
BUT: Balance doesn’t necessarily always mean symmetry. Asymmetrical (“informal”) balance occurs when elements are placed unevenly in a piece, but work together to produce harmony overall.
OK – did you catch that – balance can occur when elements are uneven but work together in harmony for the overall piece.
There is the thinking that made a light bulb go on. I have been working so hard to achieve that symmetrical balance in my life and always falling short. (which leads to frustration and a wondering about why I can’t get things into balance)
Life is not symmetrical. Teaching is never symmetrical. It isn’t about making things balance on a balance beam – holding steady so nothing falls. It is about moving the pieces around in an easy flow so that we have an overall harmony to the piece or to our life.
There are going to be times when I am working like crazy and times when I will walk, sit and think. Other times I will write and create. It is about finding the asymmetrical balance – the harmony that works in all parts of my life.
This year is a year of finding a way to let the lines, colors, shapes and texture move around in a way that creates a new harmony, an asymmetrical balance that does not leave me struggling to stay on top of that fine line wondering when I will fall off! Happy New Year of balancing once again in a new way!