Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Learning To Fall In Love With The World Again

"I’ve learned that I need to give it the first energy of the day." I'm fascinated by human routine. If I could host a television show, I would interview happy people and find out exactly what they do in the first three hours of their day. Then I would broadcast the show into university cable stations, require all students to watch weekly episodes in groups, and then discuss with their class the importance of daily routines. The name of the show is: Get Up! To me, that's the difference maker. That's what separates the best from the rest. Those first three hours. Thanks for that one, Salman Rushdie.

"We live in a world made of more story than stuff." Interesting article about the relationship between mobile technology and human alienation. You almost have to make little rules for yourself. At my yoga studio, I try not to use the phone until I'm out the door. Sure, there are messages and emails and texts I could check while sitting in the lobby. But that's where all the people are. People I like. People that like me. People that are like me. And if we're only sitting there for a few minutes, why resign our attention to digital involvement shields when we could make a human connection? The rest of the world can wait.

"The world is not real for me until it has been pushed through the mesh of language." I'm weird like that. I don't know what I think until I write what I feel. It's just how I'm wired. Even if that means taking the long way around a problem. When we're crafting a creative strategy for a client at POKE, I like to compile all the research and discovery and findings and insights, physically write everything out in a logical narrative, then step back and take a look at the whole picture. It not only helps me understand the situation, but makes it easier for me to communicate that situation to the rest of the team. Inspired by an interview with John Banville.

"Take it and steer it down a creative path." We all notice little things about the world that drive us crazy. The question is, where do we put those frustrations? One option is to bury them in our bodies beneath a steaming pile of addictions. That does nothing but add stress to our lives. Another option is to purge them from our bodies through a creative expression. That has the potential to make meaning, make a difference and if we're really lucky, make a profit. Inspired by The Adam & Dr. Drew Show.

"We’re learning to fall in love with the world again." Somewhere around the age of seven, our childlike sense of wonderment beings to fade. And unless we stay in touch with our sense of curiosity, unless we practice infatuation on a daily basis by finding the memorable in the mundane, we'll never get it back. Instagram is a great solution for this. By proactively looking for interesting things to take pictures of, we can stay engaged with the world around us. As long as it's not food. For the love of god, please stop taking pictures of food. We get it. You like to eat.