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photoblog image Viquarium: The Art of Keeping Balance

Viquarium: The Art of Keeping Balance

Is there a secret to keeping life in balance?

Viquarium: The Art of Keeping Balance

Is there a secret to keeping life in balance?

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If there is, I'd like someone to share it with me. Keeping things in perspective helps I suppose.
vz-nostalgia: :
Pixie: If there is, I'd like someone to share it with me.
VZ: As soon as I know the answer, I'll channel it your way, Ms. Pixie. Might take a while, though, maybe a decade. smile
Pixie: Keeping things in perspective helps I suppose.
VZ: Depends of one's definition of "perspective", I guess. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Oct 2009, 00:30
Could be a secret, but it would be a rather useless one...

What's so important about "balance"?
vz-nostalgia: A real secret to me, Ray, is how in the world you manage to combine so seamlessly your nihilism and your through-the-rose-glasses view of the world. LOL
Ray: What's so important about "balance"?
VZ: Ask me the same question next time you are in the middle of a shaky narrow suspended bridge over the troubled waters of the river of life (with no handrails to hold on to, I might add). smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Oct 2009, 05:34
Think of the boredom of sticking to the middle where the balance is. Do not stick to one side (medical fund expense) but keep on crossing the middle line from one side to the other. Maybe that is a form of balance.
Great picture of this guy on its launching pad. They never sit that still for me - you must be a formidable crawler.
vz-nostalgia: :
Louis: keep on crossing the middle line from one side to the other. Maybe that is a form of balance.
VZ: I'd say it's a damn good point, Louis. Fall low, then rise high. On average, you'll be somewhere in the middle. LOL
Louis: Great picture of this guy on its launching pad.
VZ: You are the first who noticed the picture, so far. LOL
Louis: you must be a formidable crawler.
VZ: Nah. Just a magic word, but you have to speak Russian to properly say it. smile Works fine on ladies too. lol
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Oct 2009, 06:00
vz-nostalgia: smile At first, I thought you said "a shitwork job", Chris. LOL
Well, maybe your shift work is exactly what you need to find the key to a secret, Chris, as you have more spare time to think about it. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Oct 2009, 07:09
Its easy Vik, just take one step at a time
vz-nostalgia: Even taking one step at a time, one got to watch where one's going, zed, otherwise the next step might be into the void. smile
great image, it floats on white screen
vz-nostalgia: dragonflies supposed to fly, not to float, Ms. Chantal. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2009, 09:35
Amazing image Viktor - she looks like she is dancing with the flower. Balance comes and goes - sometimes we get it right, more often we don't!
Ingrid
vz-nostalgia: "dancing with the flower"... brilliant. Could be a perfect title for this image.
No secret, just self education of the mind and soul. And in the end what is balance? for each of us balance has different meanings.
vz-nostalgia: :
Delia: just self education of the mind and soul
VZ: self-education? So, the formal education doesn't cut it for you, Ms. Delia? smile
Delia: what is balance? for each of us balance has different meanings
VZ: Well, the definition of balance is an objective thing, say a "harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts or elements", for example. The ways to achieve that harmonious arrangement could be different for each of us.
  • Amanda
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2009, 12:55
vz-nostalgia: This is an unexpected turn of thoughts, Amanda. I love it.
Someone once said: "It's not true that men can't fly. They just can't land". smile
  • Erika Morgan
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2009, 12:57
that is amazing!! makes me feel small....and i never realized what hairy legs dragon flies have! smile
vz-nostalgia: Hairy legs is not a prerogative of dragonflies, Ms. Erika. You should know this by now. smile
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2009, 13:14
Wow, I like this a lot!
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, hoi. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Oct 2009, 13:34
vz-nostalgia: For us, "human beans", it is almost impossible to keep a balance like this, Ms. Philine. smile But as they say, we have to set our goals much higher.
I'm glad for you that you finally found your equilibrium. Better late than never. smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 30 Oct 2009, 13:48
Have you ever tried to catch a dragonfly with bare hand? smile

Growing up in the '50s in Taiwan, where urban sprawl was yet to be seen, we used to have open fields everywhere with abundant insects, collecting them was a lot of fun!

A technique used to catch a dragonfly was passed among kids by circling your index finger in front of the dragonfly while approaching and catch it with your hand. The "theory" was the circling motion makes its compound eyes dizzy and be caught. You should try it next time, it worked for me 90% of the time. smile
vz-nostalgia: No wonder there is an environmental disaster in Taiwan. Because of you and your friends, there are no dragonflies left on the island. The only way to see them now is on Taiwan posts tamps. smile
vz-nostalgia: Keeping balance is a problem? I thought it's a solution, Bill. smile
I'm not sure that having a wonderful wife, wonderful kids and great friends would qualify for a classic definition of happiness, Bill, say, the one of Aristotle (see his "Ethics" series), but that still sounds pretty damn good. smile
personally feel it doesn't matter about keeping one's life in balance Victor, fate it has to be for me all mapped out, i shouldn't be here but i am and my life has being so out of balance its untrue, every new day is another day nearer the answer, hope i get dragged away by the light lol, super shot m8smile
vz-nostalgia: :
Tim: i shouldn't be here but i am
VZ: What do you mean by that, Tim?
I think the balance is provided by a positive attitude towards life.
To infinity and beyond. Beautiful photography.
vz-nostalgia: Good point, Valentin. A positive attitude most definitely helps. Though, by itself it doesn't guarantee a balance. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Oct 2009, 03:20
# Ray: Could be a secret, but it would be a rather useless one...
What's so important about "balance"?

# VZ: A real secret to me, Ray, is how in the world you manage to combine so seamlessly your nihilism and your through-the-rose-glasses view of the world. LOL

# Ray: What's so important about "balance"?

# VZ: Ask me the same question next time you are in the middle of a shaky narrow suspended bridge over the troubled waters of the river of life (with no handrails to hold on to, I might add).

# Ray: Methinks you might be a little to shallow in your pigeonholing, VZ.
Nevertheless, I can easily visualise situations in which aspects of nihilism [let's call that something like "a belief that the world does not have a big book in which our purpose has been already written"] and a positive reaction to the world about me can co-exist comfortably.
I feel I have the capability to remove any shackles that may have been placed on me by genetic or social programming.
I would be happy to discuss this further, should you wish to.
vz-nostalgia: Pigeonholing you? Not in the least, Ray. Just opposite, I'm amazed by your wider than life range of the view of this world. smile
4 wings
vz-nostalgia: Who would ever guess that you are, among many other things, so proficient in math, Ms. Mela. smile
my own secret is that i synchronize myself around a smile smile
and i live in the now
but it wont work exactly like that for others

(have some catching up to do with ur photography...been in a lil trip in uk)
vz-nostalgia: Smile is good, Ms. Dorina. I've read in quite a few books on psychology that a smile, even an artificial one, can trick our brain, which reacts by producing good mood chemicals into our blood stream. So, I guess you're doing the right thing. smile
Welcome back. I guess you returned with a load of pictures from your trip to UK. smile
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 2 Nov 2009, 12:10
vz-nostalgia: Yep. Instinct does work most of the time, Terry, if we allow it to. smile Intelligence does interfere, as it tries to rationalize everything. smile Emotions are more often be found on the instinct side than on the intelligence side, though, often times they screw things up on both sides. smile
It works for you, because you got the knowledge with your mother's milk, growing up in India and you are surrounded by it now, living in Nepal. smile
Truly amazing. Never seen an underside view of a dragonfly before. Yes there is secret to keeping on'e life in balance - learn to say no sometimes.
vz-nostalgia: I guess saying "no" could be an important part of living in balance, Alan. I wonder, if Mother Teresa ever said "no" to somebody. On other hand, as we have leaned from her recently published diaries, she was way out of balance too. smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2009, 14:05
Great shot. Looks like one of the handbalancers from Cirque du Soleil.
One of the secrets to balance is doing good work, but remembering when to stop working and have fun. Go outside. Get away from your computer. Do something physical. Go some place you've never been before because one day it's going to be gone.
vz-nostalgia: If anyone has the authority to talk about keeping the balance that would be you, Beth, with your great skills in dancing. smile
All good points you counted here, but still, I don't think this is enough to keep one's soul in balance. smile
2+2= 4
vz-nostalgia: Oh, that wasn't necessary, Ms. Stefania. You have already shown us your extraordinary skills in math. smile
balance: i'm going to go with living one day at a time, working hard at the things that are important, not taking yourself to seriously and letting go of the stuff u can't do much about.
vz-nostalgia: All very good points, Ms. Toun, but tell me, if one lives one day at a time, what happens to strategic planning then? With this attitude, doesn't planning ahead becomes, from being an important tool of evaluation of where your life is going, an unnecessary process, because one lets oneself to flow with the current of the river of life? smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 5 Nov 2009, 04:21
why don't we ask a juggler??
juggler: well the secret is the same that applies to everything in life 'practice makes the master'...

i think there's a time when this balance comes to everybody's life..now how long does it stay is something to think about... wink
vz-nostalgia: Practice maybe makes the master, but it doesn't make an artist, Ms. K.A. Fransis of Assisi once said: "He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist." Can't agree with him more. smile
  • k@
  • France
  • 7 Nov 2009, 22:26
Oh my this is just...... and even.......... I feel totally.............
speechless smile
Thks for the great moment !
vz-nostalgia: and I thought you were totally indifferent to nature photography, Ms. K@. Apparently, I was so wrong. smile
Great to see this from a different angle.
Negative feedback loopsmile
vz-nostalgia: Looking at things at different angles makes all the difference in that boring life of ours, doesn't it, Nig? smile
I'm puzzled by your second sentence.
Lovaly capture Viktor
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