I have this little talent: I make connections, I see patterns. All the time. To the point of being annoying. Say someone starts talking about lavender. I’ll be right there with my experience growing the plants, the wonders of the aroma, the healing nature of the essence, the connection to my wonderful experience of living in England…and on and on. Oversharing is one of my challenges.
My propensity for connecting ideas, words, colors, and patterns does serve me well in the kinds of work I do:
- In indexing for books, I have a thesaurus in my head and come up with ideas for cross-references to other topics people might look up.
- In reading Tarot cards, I love to focus on the relationship between and among cards, which allows me to get more information for the situation than with a single-card-at-time approach. It also allows me to turn the reading into a story, which is really fun.
- In poetry, connecting words, ideas, and feelings is part of the rhythm of the verse. I can’t spend a bunch of words explaining things (which is good), so painting in just the right words to form an image is really important in getting that feeling across.
- In website design, I love to see the relationships among colors that create a feeling and harmonious color path through a site.
- In relationships, I see personality patterns and common ground where others might see discrete divisions.
But I’m not the only one, although I’m very conscious of my awareness and use of connecting and patterns. My challenge for you is to invest some time this week in becoming more aware of connections and patterns in your work and relationships. Instead of focusing on differences, find the intersections, hear the harmonies, draw the patterns. Practice makes progress, I read somewhere recently. I like it!
Signposts Along the Hermit’s Path
On the subject of minimalism and decluttering (stuff and life), Zoë Kim has some great advice about getting started when you feel stuck. Also good advice for lots of things, like getting the painting or writing project started. More here.
And my favorite poetry community, dVerse has a great Meeting the Bar this week on metaphor. Metaphor is one of those awesome connecting tools in poetry. Check out Björn Rudberg’s metaphor exercise here.