Contrast is when we place things in opposition to each other to show the difference.
We can do this with colour (black and white),
texture (rough and smooth),
size (large and small),
temperature (hot and cold) and so it goes.
In our lives we do with with rest and play, work and holidays, frantic busyness and chilling out.
Our ‘human’ nature means we like to push it,
the complete antithesis to balance and a perfect illustration of contrast.
We like to ski really fast downhill, dance hard, run fast, laugh uproariously.
We’re most alive when we’re fired up,
focused and the adrenaline is high, higher and highest …
We create fast cars, fast bikes, jump out of perfectly good planes,
twist round and round until we’re dizzy to achieve this adrenaline pumping buzz.
We’ve been doing it since we were kids.
We’re addicted to getting high and there’s no drugs here.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi talks about being in the flow.
It’s that point you hit where you are so involved in what you are doing you lose any sense of time,
or the world around you.
For me this can happen when I’m designing, biking,
brainstorming, hiking, discussing some hot topic and, and, and . . .
I’m expanding, I’m excited, I’m engaged. I’m in love with what I’m doing,
whomever I’m with and with the world.
I’m in the zone and have lost sight or care of all comfort zones.
It’s my drug of choice, my oxygen, my church.
The neurons are firing, the synapses are connecting:
the smile in my mind is lit up and sparkling.
I’m as excited as a deliriously giggling 3 year old.
I can’t be like this all day every day.
It comes in fits and starts.
And to counter it I need the times when I do little or nothing to recharge the duracells again.
My contrast is a walk on the beach, meditation, yoga.
A day with a book in a hammock.
A long breakfast.
I hang out with friends with nowhere to go and nothing to do.
I play with my nephews.
I cook. I stare at the moon.
Is your life full of contrasts?
What’s the craziest out there thing you’ve done?
And what’s on your close your eyes, count to ten and just do it list?
And what’s on your bliss out for a day list?
Pray do tell xxxxxx