Clippings — week of 12 October 2015

I’ve been in recovery mode these past few days. I require less painkillers, but I’m still feeling under the weather. My calorie intake is probably at an all time low. But I’m glad that I can finally go out and enjoy some meals, and more importantly, read more this week.

After wisdom teeth removal | Well Oral →
I’m not sure how many times I read this document since my wisdom teeth were extracted, but I’ve been holding on to every word. It’s funny how matter-of-fact the content is, but how reassuring it is to have something like his to guide you. I can’t imagine what it might have been like when this sort of information wasn’t readily accessible.

Things I want to ask my dog | The New Yorker →
I’ve never had a pet dog, but the way that the dog is addressed here makes it easy for me to imagine what it might be like to have one as a companion. The questions contribute to a wider narrative of the author, and the unspoken exchange also made me wonder about the insight that the dog might’ve had.

4 steps to true freedom | Behaviour Gap→
Planning minimises uncertainty but has its limitations. I become fraught if some situation doesn’t resolve exactly as prepared. Planning gives me a sense of control, but it’s too easy to lose this and become more stressed. Living in the moment and accepting what reality brings you is more liberating than living a life with your head in the future.

Explaining graphic design to four-year-olds | Medium →
It’s hard enough to explain what design is to adults. Distilled down to the essence of what design means, the children were able to understand and accept the nuances and even some of the process required in design. Honestly, they probably have a better idea of what design is than some corporates today.

Offline reading

Over the past two weeks, I made my way through The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis. The written style is fairly academic and often required contemplation.

Unlike most books on creativity, it didn’t make me jump up and want to start something new right away. Instead, it made me want to pursue things that I’d already started, and keep at it. The thought that the the Renaissance (wo)man is making a comeback has been niggling away in the back of my mind. It was helpful that the book highlighted the importance of human resilience in a given subject, which I found very refreshing.

The examples given in the book are broad, starting with archery, moving onto jazz, dance, arctic exploration, painting, and much more to provide solid examples of what it means to fail. More than that, how we can be sensible about failure and perseverance in order to accomplish small successes, all necessary to move towards mastery.