Curious Connecting Communication

I continue my R&D of curious, connecting, candid, clear, caring communication. I enjoy alliteration, and in this case, the words describe some of  the most effective ways of communicating. I’m currently reviewing my Kindle notebook of highlighted passages and my own notes from the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.

I feel fortunate to have discovered this book, which springs from the  same group of people that created the book Getting to Yes and related titles. I read that book a couple of times along the way, and found it very practical and valuable in the sometimes-tricky business of communicating. I’m finding Difficult Conversations even more helpful on a daily basis. I’m also experiencing, as with ideas and practices from Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Rosenberg), that actually communicating well and enjoyably can be challenging, and takes practice. And there are lots of opportunities to practice. May your communicating be creative and congenial.

Plane Crazy

Colorful communicating companions in Costa Rica

Brevity

Brevity | ‘brevədēnoun

Concise and exact use of words in writing or speech.

• shortness of time: the brevity of human life.

PHRASES: 

Brevity is the soul of wit —proverb 

i.e. the essence of a witty statement lies in its concise wording and delivery.[from Shakespeare’s Hamlet ii. ii. 90.]

ORIGIN:

 late 15th cent.: from Old French brievete, from Latin brevitas, from brevis brief.

–From the dictionary on my MacBook: Version 2.2.1 (178)

The “Iterate Fast and Release Often” Approach

I was just listening to Rolf Potts and Tim Ferriss talking about their agonizing processes of writing, and it started me wondering, “Might I actually write something right now and share it, which is to say, put it online at the least and let others read it or not read as they like?” Why not? So, here I am, writing, no? Yes. I read something yesterday that probably applies here, to writing in general maybe, though it was originally directed to businesses. Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, said,

“If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-iterate-fast-and-release-often-philosophy-of-entrepreneurship-2009-11#ixzz3bXv1CjWW

Then another idea came into mind: open up GarageBand and start recording songs I’ve written, and do the same thing–publish them, make them available for others to hear. Why not? Might be fun, satisfying, and who knows? Others might enjoy and otherwise benefit from something I create. Ditto for interviews, videos, and whatever other kinds of expressions this one might generate. So, look, ma, I renewed writing with the intention of sharing the ideas. And now, I’m going to schedule a Pomodoro for making music, specifically for getting the wheels turning again on recording to share.

IMG_2113And then I did just that. It had been months and years since I’ve done any recording, so there was some initial befuddlement and frustration. I persisted, and started recording. Then I took a break from that and resumed my actual garage streamlining project. I’ll probably go back and forth.

Simply Begin Simply

I tried to add a screen shot to this post of the driving route from my home in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Deadhorse Airport on the northern coast of Alaska. 4,138 miles in 76 hours. The screen shot using Grab on my MacBook is a tiff file. WordPress won’t accept that image. Sometimes beginning simply gets complicated. My shoulders are tightened with tension and getting really close to my ears. Ah ha.

Down to earth, and lofty

Maria Popova on Writing, Workflow, and Workarounds

I’m tickled that Tim Ferriss  has a podcast. For me it’s soul-nourishing, funny, and a little zany. I’ve enjoyed his eclectic treasure hunting (and finding) of things practical and contextual since I read The 4-Hour Workweek some years back. This interview with  BrainPickings Maria Popova brings yet another wonderful, full-of-wonder ally into this human’s life of curiosity, creating, and caring (my aspirations, at least). Maria relates that she started her blog as a way to explore what she finds interesting and worthwhile. That reminded me that I’d created this blog last year with a similar intention. And here we are, on the skinny left end of the learning curve of WordPress. Isn’t it a lovely ride?

Mementos

I just put my high school diploma and my flight school certificate into the recycle bag. I took a photo of each one first. I decided recently that I have entirely too much stuff. I enjoy memorabilia, to some degree. I find it heatwarming to look at old photos and journals. At the same time, I also feel a bit burdened. How do I organize these things? Share them? Preserve them?

I realize this isn’t a big problem in the grand scheme of things. Currently, I’m thinning out the collection.