My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and it charges us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave…
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.
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“You should dress yourself how you want to be expressed”
This week I came across the writer and poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Upon doing some research, I learned that he was from Bohemia (when there was a Bohemia) and I couldn’t help but give a shout out to my Bohemian brother as he was from the land of my ancestors. As soon as I opened the book I was hit with this quote that I sat with for a while:
“if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.”
“The deeper you go the more likely you will find something of value.”
“Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child). Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.”
“When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go where we’ve already been. If process drives the outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.”
“Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of the unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.”
“You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.”
Visionary. Innovator. Creative. Bruce Mau was one of the first designers I was recommended to take a look at when I first began the journey of studying design. His book Massive Change, done in collaboration with the Institute Without Boundaries, was the first of his work I encountered, and the hook was set. His passion for using design to effect positive change in the world is inspiring and I think we would all benefit from engaging with the questions he is asking. Another piece of Bruce Mau’s work I have found inspiring is his Incomplete Manifesto for Growth, which “is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs, strategies and motivations”. I think each of these statements hold immense value, and not only for designers. So for the next 43 days I am going to post a statement from Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto as a kind of daily meditation which I hope will inspire some creativity.
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