I've started to carry a notebook with me at all times. It's not a small and beautiful Moleskin that aspiring writers and artists tend to favour, but a simple, utilitarian black laboratory notebook that I picked up at the University bookstore. I'm trying to put a make a secret into a habit.
I'm trying to slow down and really, deeply look into the way things are. I'm going to make time to make observations before any next steps. I'm going to fight my own impatience and just. watch. first.
Then I am going to make sketches, make notes, ask questions.
And then I'm going to take the time to consider the possibility of how a small change might lead to a large improvement.
I know it seems strange to try to slow down when there is so much important work to be done but I'm starting to think that many of the problems we currently face have their roots in decisions made years ago based on what was fastest, cheapest, and most available option at the time... that worked somewhere else, and was brought here.
And that's why so many things don't seem to fit. Not in an elegant or beautiful way, at least.
("It must be beautiful").
Yes, there is urgency. And we shall make haste slowly.