I have the pleasure today of introducing you to a cool dude and important person on my Power & Presence team--Kirk Roberts. Like my priceless V.A. Tracie Shroyer, Kirk is a longtime partner who keeps my outward facing image looking good in the world. Kirk designed my Power & Presence website, and makes sure it stays friendly, timely, and relevant.
Kirk is all about clarity, simplicity and power--in his designs and in his writing.
Kirk is also a clever and insightful blogger. His interests often coincide with my own--centered presence, clarity of purpose, and the power of curiosity--and I thought you'd enjoy his recent post, "Rock Balancing And The Art Of Presentation".
Some years ago Kirk became interested in the stacked rock formations you see in the woods and along the banks of flowing streams, as he says: "You know, the kind of thing that you’ve seen in a million stock photos and motivational posters that say “BALANCE” and stuff like that."
He began by finding stacks others had left -- "flat rocks on top of each other like a stack of pancakes" and thought: "what if I took these found stacks and, using the same rocks, tried to create balances that are more dramatic?"
I'm printing an excerpt here, but I really want you to read the entire post, because Kirk lists books and other resources if you're in the mood to try it yourself--balancing rocks in ways that make you want to say: "how is that possible?"
This particular excerpt "It's kind of like 'what I do'"--grabbed me, because it seems to me we’re being asked to balance a lot of challenges at present, and within a narrow and ever-increasing set of boundaries. It’s amazing how creative we can be, however, and in ways we may never have considered without the challenges and the boundaries.
It’s kind of like “what I do”
(Excerpt from "Rock Balancing And The Art Of Presentation" by Kirk Roberts)
It occurred to me that the “assignment” of using given materials is like one way I collaborate with certain people: taking their “rocks” (text, images, etc.) and using them to create something (a website) that is more dramatic, more pleasing, “more” than what they would have created on their own. Even without doing any editing a better presentation can be made, and the results can be both astonishing and satisfying. I enjoy the well-defined parameters and the creativity that can blossom within them. It especially feels good when I am able to make space for “rocks” that maybe are harder to work with — not as inherently pleasing, perhaps — and they become part of a larger assemblage that works.
Rocks That Are Harder to Work With
Hi - it's me again, Judy. And I'm thinking about the coming new year, how there will be many "rocks" to balance, and how the parameter within which we have to work with these rocks seem to get smaller every day. How can we create balance in such an environment?
- When my Internet connection goes down and my meeting is lost, how do I regain my center? (I'm starting with the easy ones).
- When the work I love is not available to me any longer in any meaningful way, how do I use my "given materials" to create something "more"?
- When my loved one posts on Facebook that they are against wearing their mask, they don't believe the virus is real, and even if they get sick they're not staying home--how do I balance the parameters of my love for them and my strong feelings?
Kirk says in the post that he enjoys "the well-defined parameters and the creativity that can blossom within them." When we spoke later he elaborated that "there is almost always room for creativity… if not in the product then perhaps the process, if not in the process then perhaps in the attitude" -- a concept I would do well to employ as the new year unfolds.
I realize there are "parameters" narrower than mine, and some "rocks" are heavier than others. I can only speak for myself. As I see it I have two choices--give up and let the rocks fall on me, or get creative and re-balance myself, day in and day out. Meditate, pray, extend positive energy, and choose love. Those are the more pleasing rocks that will make the harder rocks easier to maneuver into place.
The graphics in this post, by the way, are "before and after" photos of one of Kirk's creations--the rocks he found and what he did with them. The main image is another of Kirk's creations.
What will you do with the rocks you find this season, this coming year?
Wishing you peace and joy, and good ki!