I’d like to meet someone who has found a way to consistently keep their life in balance. How are you doing on this concept of work/life balance? I seem to struggle a bit, but today on EWC we are sharing a fascinating fellow whose life’s work has some pearls for us.
Does this sound familiar: if I’m spending a lot of quality time with my kids, then the pile on my desk at the office reaches avalanche proportions. Or if I miraculously find the time to get the yard in pretty good shape, the inside of my house has gone to the dogs.
In that same light, I’m either great on the outside (physically), or inside (emotionally), but never both.
Balance is more of a swinging pendulum for many of us.
Enter Michael Grab, who calls his project “Gravity Glue”. He’s made a life out of finding balance in the most extraordinary and creative ways.
And even though his work, on the face of it, is remarkable enough, I suspect he’s found some deeper insights that we all might use to get closer to “fine.”
If you read his comments about how he does this, the metaphors pointing to everyday life come very easy.
We’ll explore that a little, but first, take a few minutes to relax with a video of Michael at work with his art.
Don’t just rush off after you get the gist of Michael’s work. In this video, he shows us challenge after challenge, all different, all in settings of quiet beauty.
I watched this for a second time, to dissect his process a little, and the effort left me with a few nice take away messages! Take a look…
Lovely. And the philosophy as a backdrop is so fitting.
If you’d like to see one more of his videos that is really like a meditation, check out this second one.
Try to just be present, without rushing away now that you have the gist of this extraordinary art form. We are all just getting the gist of things these days: skimming what we read, surfing the web, stopping only for seconds, rarely interested in a video longer than 30 seconds.
I just let this next on wash over me. See what you think…
Michael is so deliberate, yet patient about placing every stone precisely where some sweet spot creates the right position for the next stone and so on. To me, it seems he’s always thinking one or two stones ahead, while remaining totally in the unrushed moment for the present stone.
Maybe that’s it: If we looked at what we are doing right now, as positioning ourselves to carry the next stone or two, then we might do a much better job at knowing exactly where that current sweet spot is.
I know I’m a lot better about finding balance since a friend shared a very wise saying with me:
One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. – Sidney Howard
If you’d like to learn a little more about this unassuming master of balance – Michael Grab – check out USA Today’s article Inspiration Nation: Rock stacks by clicking here.
Yes, I think I’ll remember Mr. Grab tomorrow at work, scrutinize my time more carefully. I’ll try to remember that everything I decide to do is taking time away from something else. And that something else may be far more important in the big picture.
One last thought…
“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit… start whenever you want… you can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
-From The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 3
Now here are a few more images also artfully composed by Michael Grab. I had to ask myself why we all don’t know about this artist!
Here’s one other takeaway message from today’s EWC article. It came from my first web-developer who helped me start this website. Christopher noticed Michael Grab has nothing but a peaceful begin again composure when things fall apart. Even a knowing smile.
I’ll have to try that tomorrow and every day this week.
When things seem to fall apart: calm composer, study the wrong move, begin again peacefully with the right one.
To see another artist we’ve featured performing a completely different kind of balance marvel, check out our article called The Balance Goddess. (That article is one of our most shared.)
Stay open, hopeful and always curious!
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- “Gravity Glue 2015.” Vimeo. Michael Grab, 13 Jan. 2016. Web. 25 Jan. 2016. <https://vimeo.com/151678717>. ↩
- “Gravity Glue 2014 – Extended Version.” YouTube. Michael Grab, 30 Dec. 2014. Web. 5 Feb. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHrycfR9zXA>. ↩
- Roth, Eric, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Screenplay. N.p.: n.p., 2002. Print. ↩