“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”
~ Edmund Burke
i can’t emphasize enough how important this idea is. The masters of anything know it by way of experience.
This creation is a case in point. the balance point of the top rock was soooo fine (virtually invisible to the naked eye) that even the slightest breeze triggered collapse. i needed a gloveless right hand just to find the zero point, which was even still nearly imperceptible. also meaning barely enough time to cement my vision through the lens. I let myself become overwhelmed with frustration and forceful approach. and it collapsed again. and again. and again… as if sadistically antagonizing me.
so i decided to outsmart the storm, mucky snow conditions, and my own mind.
stepped outside myself for a moment…
knowing myself and my own potential, i looked at the time to realize i had abundant (and therefore inconsequential) time before sundown to rebalance my headspace and exercise extreme patience. so i set the camera up in the right position and frame, moving slowly and highly calculated amidst heavier and heavier snowfall. essentially so i could click the shutter for a long exposure within seconds of letting go. tis also much more difficult to work around a baggy camera-cover in the heavy slushy snowfall. . . but patience paid off in the end. and not only that, all the angles and forms i wanted to highlight from each rock lined up better than all previous forceful attempts, as if the universe responded to my re-evaluation of self. the experience channeled my attention to the quoted text immediately, which had already been lingering in the back of my mind.
Lesson? SLOW DOWN no matter what! approach the challenge as if time didn’t exist. without expectations. same thing happened the day before. (previous creation took at least 4 hours to realize, but i stuck with it, regardless of the sun setting)
turned out that when i finished this attempt, all the breezes magically shut off. it was just silent snowfall in a winter wonderland, admiration of the colors and shapes, and also realizing my own potential amidst the most unlikely conditions. gravity glue strikes again!! :)) and this one lasted at least 10 times longer than all the other forced attempts.
those two top rocks are just so cute together. :)
Do you also do your own photography? Cuz it’s also wonderful…
I can’t take my eyes off these other worldly images. Studying all the balances; light, elements, weight and spirit. Thank you for the treasure.
I just love these and the whole idea! Awesome images as well :)
You’re the best! Thanks for sharing with us!
i think you are some kind of wizard from another universe brought here to enlighten the masses. thank you so much for your art & writing.
You are so right! Since I saw your videos and starting doing this myself, I have realized that I CAN lose myself in it so far that time doesn’t exist for me then.
You provide the best headspace adjustments. And those top rocks are cute. Looks like they’re talking to each other. Oh that’s right, they do!
*Finally* learnt this lesson. Thank you thank you thank you! Namaste
They so do, those two!!
Slow Down no matter what! In the swirling chaos of an out of control day in the dental office, how do I maintain sanity and quality, and mostly humanity? Stop and breathe. Center myself. Try again. Thanks for this!
Patience is something I have to learn.
So very unique almost not of this world, thank you so much for this art.
I LOVE THIS!!!!!
Thank you for sharing. How do you keep your hands from freezing?
Thanx for sharing!
Love this fantastic balance & the lesson!
A powerful lesson in life. Thanks for sharing!
Almost look like they’re levitating <3
I can so ‘bridge’ what you do with this form of art to life….all about trying to achieve balance…good job with the visuals…thank you Mr. Grab…peace
Beautiful lesson I needed to hear.
Your patience is as powerful as your creations to me & I love reading your words of wisdom. You inspire so deeply.
LOVE this one!!! <3
Patience and a positive attitude together are unstoppable!!!
I do love the relationship those two have….very intense!
Great song!! Thanks for the turn on <3
Looks like either a stare down or coming to an understanding. ;-) good job!! I love that you find rocks “cute together”
Patience is a virtue! :)
You Rock! :-)
Very nice indeed.