Life Can Sometimes Be A Challenging Balancing Act

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The Challenge of Perfect Balance 


In all of our lives we endeavor to keep things in balance. Between home life, business and our outside hobbies and interests, balance sometimes alludes us. I watched the gentleman that created this and I still have no idea how he actually made  this happen. I have seen rocks piled up and that would be hard enough but as you can see, some of these rocks are on point. They seem to defy gravity. 


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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

We have to learn when to let go in our lives so we can let in new experiences.  It's a constant balancing act and your photo show it can be done even if it seems impossible.

Jan 17, 2012 10:22 PM #33
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

OK, William, that's amazing.  Great picture too.  And you are so right.  Life is a balancing act, and unlike the rocks, I don't always do it well, but I'm always trying.  Have a great Wednesday!

Jan 17, 2012 11:11 PM #34
Janis Borgueta
Key Properties of the Hudson Valley - Newburgh, NY
LIC RE Salesperson

Great post, but the photo is amazing. Makes me want to travel out to San Diego to see that!

Jan 17, 2012 11:19 PM #35
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Great shot and a good reminder to maintain balance in our lives.  Real estate professionals tend to spend 24/7 thinking about business when more focus on the quality of life would bring better results.

Visit some of the wintertime flower shows with your camera in hand for personal enjoyment.

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Jan 17, 2012 11:19 PM #36
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That's an amazing feat, William. And, you are absolutely right....we must maintain balance in life; too much of one thing at the sacrifice of everything else is never good.

Wonderful photo!

Jan 18, 2012 12:19 AM #37
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I love it.  Balance is something that I continue to struggle with, but will continue to work on.                        

Jan 18, 2012 12:33 AM #38
Andre R. Aragon
Greater Tampa Real Estate Photographer - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Photographer

Wow William that it neat - that dude is gifted! We have many Cairn's marking trails off the beaten path in Harriman State Park - but I have never seen one like this.

Great photo metaphor!

Jan 18, 2012 12:47 AM #39
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I love the metaphor also. FOr me, the last 20+ years have been a total balancing act. Lots of fun, but definitely a balancing act.

Jan 18, 2012 01:31 AM #40
Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY

A great picture, I find myself that the closer I follow a schedule and plan of activities the more balance I have or at least feel in my everday life. 

Jan 18, 2012 02:29 AM #41
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Good Morning Myrl, Wouldn't it though! For me at least, balance is more easily attained using the principles I learned from Frankin Covey in assigning priority to my daily life tasks. 

Jan 18, 2012 05:15 AM #42
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Eric, I would agree but learning the principle behind how it is done would most likley have value in other parts of our lives. 

Jan 18, 2012 05:17 AM #43
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jo, That is understandable. We are all guilty of overdoing that from time to time. Here is a good rule of thumb that I use. If it takes longer to organize the task than it does to actually do it, it becomes the exception to the rule of prioritization. 

Jan 18, 2012 05:22 AM #44
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Bill, True of most of us I am afraid. Working to create balance is quite fulfilling especially if we have outlined what it is. I think of myself as a work in process. I don't have all the answers either but striving to be the best I can be remains my challenge. I give myself permission to fail with the caveat that I must continue to strive to achieve it.

Jan 18, 2012 05:27 AM #45
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, I recall seeing some of your photos of those rock sculptures. They were excellent and your idea of capturing one of the rock balancing displays falling apart may be a great idea for a video. You could title it, " When life gets in the way of our best plans". Next time I am at Seaport Village, I will see what is still standing of these. The artist that does these stone sculptures comes to most events there and perhaps I could ask him how he learned to do this. Understanding the physics of balance is likely where he started out.

Jan 18, 2012 06:09 AM #46
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Anthony, Thanks for dropping by and sharing your comment. For me at least, balance is an everyday effort as I would guess it is for most people but fully agreeing to and understanding your core priorities will be indispensable in any successful balance. 

Jan 18, 2012 06:16 AM #47
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Peggy, Thank you for dropping by and gald this photo spoke to you.

Jan 18, 2012 06:18 AM #48
Terri Camp Stevenson
DFW Texas Homes, LLC - Keller, TX
GRI, Realtor, DFW Homes Sales and Property Management

You've been pinned! I posted this to pinterest today. The photo is really amazing - well done! As a single mom with six of my eight kids at home plus a grand child, working my real estate career, and my speaking and writing gigs, and homeschooling my kids. I feel every morning that life is a balancing act and I try not to drop the "rock." This picture spoke to me in such a way that reminded me that I can be serene and peaceful even when I'm trying to balance all that I do.


Jan 18, 2012 06:32 AM #49
Keith Gilkey
Re/Max Chesapeake - Elkton, MD
410-920-7214, Re/Max Chesapeake

William, That is a very cool photo! I would love to know how that was done also! Thanks for sharing.

Jan 18, 2012 07:46 AM #50
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


What a great photo.  Were the rocks lines up for you or were they just there?  Lucky you were able to catch them before they fell.

Jan 18, 2012 08:29 AM #51
Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo

William photo, I remember the first time I saw these sculptures at Seaport Village in San Diego, amazing

Jan 19, 2012 07:43 PM #52
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