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two balloons


Two Balloons and two people in them … facing in opposite directions … protected by their position … secure in their own place yet tied together … or held apart by a line between them

CONTENTION – along a … line of sight … a lifeline … a line of resistance.

Under the illusion of the security of their place … each person tries to pull the other to their position. But in this floating world, the more they try to pull the more they are pulled … off course and off balance … and brought together.

REALISATION – Pulling too hard could crash them together and plunge each to destruction.

From above both balloons look exactly the same … each balloon has both a bright and a dark side … but each person sees only one side … yet by moving to a different position they can now see the others’ golden side… the colour of the thoughts change with how you look at them.

UNDERSTANDING – both people can share the same view of the common ground below.

The sky above is dark and cloudy and the wind blows unpredictably … out of the darkness the warm glow of the dawn light reveals a horizon of possibilities … behind them the cloud’s silver lining shines on new opportunities.


The line of conflict becomes a line of connection and understanding that leads to resolution.

Two Balloons – original artwork by Karen Mason