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A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance

This is not just the title of the excellent novel that I have started reading
but it's what I'm struggling to attain in my life.
There are so many demands on our lives nowadays between work, family,
and hobbies that it's often difficult to get the balance right. Even the new
technologies which are meant to make life easier can end up enslaving us.
Who nowadays isn't reachable on their mobile phone leaving little time
to get away from it all.
Much as I love Pbase I sometimes think I spend too much time here so
I am trying to be more organised and strict with the time I spend
looking around and commenting. I think I will drop out of the monthly
challenge again for although it's a lot of fun it is also very time consuming.
And back to the book - it was recommended to me by a remarkable man
who gave up a career as a successful restaurant owner in Dublin and now
lives in the Tamal-Nadu region of India where he is involved with a
charity working to improve education, health and equality for those
living in rural communities.

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Colin Storey28-Apr-2010 19:51
Great shot and wise words, I have not entered a monthly challenge for the same reasons, i havent even found the time to enter the new weekly challenge yet that I used to enjoy on Thursdays.
Kevin Chester28-Apr-2010 17:13
Fine words. Other than at work I rarely have a phone with me, people think I'm a Luddite, but its not the technology I'm shying away from, its the use of it. It does make me laugh when people retire and have nothing to do, work is just another thing getting in the way of things I want to do. Like taking Photos :-)
bill friedlander28-Apr-2010 14:47
I know what you are talking about. It takes time to examine an image and to comment thoughtfully. Good luck in finding the right balance for yourself.
LynnH28-Apr-2010 11:58
This is a beautiful photograph. Love the narrative. I agree that the monthly challenge is time consuming, but I really enjoy looking at everyone's photos so I have been trying to hang in. V
Patricia Kay28-Apr-2010 11:34
Beautiful image Mairead and thought provoking words....I really enjoy my PBase time but have to get all the other real life stuff out of the way before i can relax...I really missed my daily interaction with my Pbase family when we spent the month in Spain...Did get an Orange dongle but can you believe it took longer than 10 minutes to load a page...what an irritating waste of money that was!!!...BV
Neal Nye28-Apr-2010 11:28
Life without Pbase? I can't imagine it. The equilibrium we seek happens anyway. We just lose sight of it.
heather28-Apr-2010 06:11
I'm thinking along the same lines myself regarding pbase.. it certainly takes up a lot of time, and what with summer coming an all.....
globalgadabout28-Apr-2010 02:29
a tricky task maintaining that balance..but diverting into a good book does help put aside all the more immediate attention-grabbers...the new media has it's place...yet the older media remains more rewarding...once in a while it's best to just switch off the lights..
slhoornstra27-Apr-2010 23:32
A lovely capture and I hear what you are saying!! V
Walter O. Koenig27-Apr-2010 22:58
Well shot image and very true words. I have been thinking about curtailing my time on PBase for some time now but have not done so yet. Maybe some time soon. :)
routerer27-Apr-2010 22:21
Without Pbase Mairead the world will just stop turning.!!
You have been warned heh heh.
Alan K27-Apr-2010 21:58
A finely balanced image as well, in terms of subject vs background and sharpness vs bokeh. I know exactly what you mean; I did my 100th consecutive PAD yesterday and... it's enough. Fun though it is (and beneficial as it can force you to shoot what you mightn't have thought of) it can sometimes become a chore and interfere with other things. I'm therefore going to drop back to "Photo Most Days" for now at least... but I admire those who persist!
larose forest photos27-Apr-2010 21:49
I hear what you are saying Mairead. I think this is one of the modern realities, trying to balance our lives but finding it difficult to do. Marvelous commentary and an appropriate title with the book. BV
pkocinski27-Apr-2010 21:49
Technology is wonderful but I won't be a slave to it. My cell phone is only on "when I want it to be". As for PBase, I enjoy seeing the world through others eyes.
tinkerb27-Apr-2010 21:43
Second time I have said this tonight - 'I know where you are coming from'. This Pbase lark can get very time consuming, especially with the start of the cricket season!!
Keith O'Brien27-Apr-2010 21:12
"Who nowadays isn't reachable on their mobile phone" - me, I only switch it on when I need to call someone, its a great policy! Fair comment though and interesting narrative. Nice lighting and compo in the pic. V
Gail Davison27-Apr-2010 21:08
I completely identify with the sentiment. Good luck in finding the balance that works for you.
Phillip Normanton27-Apr-2010 21:04
Lovely bit of light catching the foreground :o)
Máire Uí Mhaicín27-Apr-2010 21:00
The constant juggle for a perfect balance in our lives would defy all the laws of physics I learned in school. A good image and a thoughtful commentary.
Blandine Mangin27-Apr-2010 20:31
superb ! v
Johnny JAG27-Apr-2010 20:19
Well said, sounds like he has his priorities right.
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