I didn't even realize I was doing it.
It was just there.
So I took it in.
And when I did, I heard much more than I ordinarily would have.
I heard the words which were spoken through eyes.
And through expressions.
And body language.
I'm not even sure of the point when someone pressed a button and caused it to happen.
But you should try it sometime.
Muting your television, that is.
Sure, the big picture is what truly matters. I get that. Yet, sometimes we get so turned on to the big picture that we turn off the pieces that provide the framework for the big picture. All we hear is noise throughout the day. When we turn off the noise, we become so much more in tune with the little things-- the seemingly little things that have the potential to truly make our big picture big, bold and full of high-definition color.
What do you need to turn off to turn on?
I think sometimes I spend too much time combing through design blogs in search of inspiration. I read articles that I find through links on Twitter (@delaneygates) and I'm constantly bombarded by all of this "inspiration"... I need to get in the habit of turning it off once in a while to turn on my OWN creative juices and get back in tune with my OWN creativity. I need to get back in tune with the little things that provide the framework for my own big picture-- this creative quest I'm on. Don't get me wrong-- inspiration has its place, of course. I've found, though, that there's a tipping point where inspiration becomes noise and we become desensitized to it. We become desensitized to the little things that truly matter. Expressions become lost in the noise. We lose touch with our framework. And the digital high definition reverts to analog. When you sense that beginning to happen in your life, simply turn off. Tune in. And turn on.