Common Discourse is a project designed to help others (and ourselves) think through creativity, focus, and intentional work—from Alex Tan & Alice Otieno.
Every Tuesday we share words from a journal, a few ideas, a quote from somebody else, and links worth sharing. On Fridays we invite a guest to share images from their camera roll and a sound that resonates with them.
Alex and I have been spending the last couple weeks going through the CD archive, looking back on the year and anticipating what 2023 could look like for the project.
For the next two weekly briefings, we’ve decided to compile our favourite links, quotes and ideas that we’ve shared throughout the year.
Here are some of my favourites.
A few ideas
I. ONE SMALL WIN
Start your days with one small win.
Making your bed, going on a walk, or drinking a glass of water are all small accomplishments that can build up confidence in our ability to tackle larger & more difficult problems.
A few small wins early, then momentum follows. Making the first step is sometimes the simplest, and most impactful action we can take.
The ability to articulate what you think and how you feel with certainty exemplifies patience and commitment to growth. Being vague with our desires and areas of focus frees us from accountability and ultimately lands as avoidance. It is increasingly rare & beautiful to be decided.
Desire only exists because you have the ability to achieve it.
A quote from somebody else
“Change always exists in paradoxes for me. This is the year of meeting new people. This is the year of being alone. I want everything to change and yet I want nothing to change at all. I feel so different, I feel exactly the same. Continuity and transformation always travel together.”
— Nicole via “Default States”
Links worth (re)sharing
🔮 Tiger Dingsun on how poetry and graphic design reproduces inarticulable feelings
🗣 David Foster Wallace Discusses Consumerism
🖼 The Divide Between Art and Content
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That poetry/graphic design article is exactly what i've been wanting to read more about recently, thanks for sharing!
The quote from somebody else was written by Nicole / startingfromnix! It was from the post "default states" back in June :)