Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I feel like this post should be about balance. Something profound, about how we all need to strive for balance in our lives. In our hearts, in our homes, and in our artwork.

But guess what? I'm not going to go there. I struggle with achieving a balanced life, and I usually go with my gut. Which means sometimes I'm throwing myself into a new project without a clue as to how I'm going to get it all done, or other times I might take it slow and careful. Life can be chaotic in my house, but it's always interesting and there's always something new to learn.

So what's with the rocks?

I may lack balance in my everyday life, but I discovered I have a hidden talent. I can balance rocks, and I'm pretty good at it. (Although not as good as this guy).

I'd never tried it before, but last weekend our family was enjoying a lazy summer day at the river and I wasn't ready to get into the chilly water just yet. I was doing that "mom" thing, wading around up to my kneecaps, but not daring to go any deeper. I picked up a rock and tried balancing it on another rock that was protruding from the water.

Then I added another. And another.

It takes patience and focus, and I love the artistic side of choosing just the perfect rock to include in the stack. I'd search the shallows for a rock that would speak to me, one that had just the right contrast of color and shape to add to my sculpture. It's addicting and relaxing at the same time, and I spent the rest of the weekend gazing longingly at rocks that were just begging to be stacked.

Balance in my life? Probably never going to happen. But I CAN tell you - you'll never know what hidden talents you have until you try. So pick up that paintbrush, or take ballroom dancing lessons, or stack some rocks. Who knows, you might be the next rock whisperer!

Do you have a hidden talent? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a comment and tell me what you can do, and how you discovered your secret ability. Was it hard work or are you a natural?


Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

I love your rocks! such a piece of artwork in and of themselves. And balance in my life... hum.m.m. probably won't happen either. Some days it's all one thing (craftiness) and some days all another (chores, mowing, shopping, etc.) but some days I do try to do some of each. I'll craft an hour, then go throw on a load of wash.. craft another hour, and then go water the flowers, craft another hour and then go pay some bills... I guess that's what I call balance! and am more good at it since I've retired... but usually the balance weighs heavily on the creative side.. but that's OK with me. My hidden talent was dancing... I discovered country western dancing when I was in my 40's.... wanted to do it, took lessons, and spent the next 15 years or so dancing up a storm. Don't do it much anymore and I really miss it. It's still on my bucket list... if I can just get hubby to go with me. It sure did improve my sense of self-esteem!

Nancy Ball said...

Love the rock balancing. My secret talent is packing....sounds boring, but you should see our van when we return home from vacation! My dishwasher is always packed to the fullest, also and there is always room for more things in any suitcase that I have packed. I am pretty sure this is a gene that my Mom passed down and I sure am thankful.....because you should see our van when we get home from vacation!

Tresa Black said...

Marilyn, your daily schedule sounds awesome! I love that you make time to get crafty along with your regular chores.

Thanks for sharing your hidden talent, dancing is so much fun! Hope you can get your husband to go with you more, he's lucky to have such a fun partner!

Tresa Black said...

Nancy, I love that you are such a talented packer! That is a very handy skill, and so satisfying when everything fits into place perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

My whole life, I have been a musician. Music has always been my most cherished talent. Two years ago, my husband got a job in Alaska, and we moved here. I have searched and searched, but still have not found a music teacher. With music not being my focus for the first time in my life, and still needing an artistic outlet, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and searched for other talents, just as you talk about in your post. I have started painting, drawing, making crafts, cooking, dancing, running, sewing, blogging, and writing. It has expanded my view of what I'm capable of!

Thanks for your post!

Tresa Black said...

Karen, your post warmed my heart! Instead of dwelling on what you can't do right now, you are exploring so many new options and expanding your talents. You are a truly gifted woman, in talent and spirit!

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