It’s autumn in Palmer Square, our little corner of the world here in the Logan Square neighborhood. This morning one particular tree caught my and Tony’s attention as we were walking back individually from two separate tasks. I had a meeting with some awesome local businesses discussing Holidays on the Square (which is rapidly approaching on December 7th- more to come on that!) and he had sought out some public space time to work on company social media and some coffee since I had ran out the door and didn’t make my obligatory French Press pot that morning.
What struck me later when I saw his photo posted on instagram (and mine literally posted right before his in my feed) was how different one tree could look.
All day I’ve been thinking of that tree and what it means. It literally couldn’t be a better visual summation of the difference between Tony and I.
His shot is focused and clear, crisp, and taken as he stood close to the striking red tree. In fact, his composition is highlighting the balance of the red tree to the green tree next to it and the division of the larger tree in the center. It’s a really balanced, lovely shot.
My shot is taken from the other side of the park. I noticed the red flare out of the corner of my eye and it’s full perspective is what stopped me on the path. My photo is a little blurry (albeit on purpose, I love that feature of instagram) and from a distance. I also see the stark contrast of the green leaves surrounding the red leaves, but from a different angle, telling a totally different story.
It makes me realize we almost always are on the same page with Spilled Ink Press. He gets me, I get him, we totally get “it”. But we see things so differently. I’m always looking far ahead, almost too far, almost off into the clouds sometimes. My thoughts drift ahead of my words, my feet, my typing and mousing fingers. I can see it all coming together, but it’s definitely blurry. But boy is it bright, like a little tree that turned colors before any of the other trees.
Tony has so many times set the foundation for SIP, he’s implemented so many systems for us that keep things moving. He sees things up close and clearly, almost too clearly (he would argue there’s no such thing as “too clearly”, he’s probably right, but don’t tell him I said that…). One minute task is rarely started before ALL items from the previous are put in their place. His organization is crisp and most days I am the only thing blurring the lines.
The way we work together… is it always super efficient? Probably not always. But is it balanced? Yes. And that’s a nice recipe for a company, for a friendship.