Saturday, December 12, 2009
I recently attended a workshop titled "Dealing with Conflict" where upon answering a series of questions the results gave insights to one's personal style for dealing with conflict....which I think could also give insights for how we approach working toward balance. Ratings, 1 - 10, with ten being the strongest tendency, were applied to the characteristic ways of dealing with conflict: 1. aggressive, 2. collaborating, 2. compromising, 4. accommodating and 5. retreating. There's no absolute or right answer but as Dr. Phil would say "how's that working for you".
Balancing an artist's career, day-to-day business of art, creative practice, social and home life is a phenomenal challenge. Creating balance within each of these areas and between them calls for different strategies at different times. There's a time to agressively promote or play at your art, and a time to withdraw, or to negotiate refilling the emotional tank with more time spent with family and non art activities. Just a few thoughts.