We’ve created a world where the future is more valuable than the present.
We’re at the Louvre… rather than focusing on the artwork, we’re photographing it to view at home, on our laptop.
We’re at the Etienne de Crecy concert in London… rather then enjoying the show, we’re recording it to share on Facebook, with people who weren’t there.
We’re at a conference… rather than listening to the speaker’s message, we’re tweeting misleading summaries of the introduction.
By drawing, we can we slow down and harness the present moment.
Searching for ideas around you, you’re forced to see, rather than just look. You’re more closely observing the myriad styles of the people on the street, the design of the office awning, or the bird perched on a skinny branch; things you’d breeze by in your typical routine. As your pen moves slowly, tracing the lines of an object yet to be realized, your care-free view of the world becomes an opportunity to put things in perspective.
The process of sketching in a journal allows you to declutter your mind and still maintain a record for posterity. As you gather these experiences in one location, you begin cultivating a nest which fosters connections between seemingly disconnected ideas. Practicing creatively documenting your life opens your mind to whole brain thinking, allowing you to form new skills to connect with the world around you, seeing things in a new light. Beyond revisiting the journal, research shows that doodling aids memory by 29%.
So, next time you’ve got a problem at work or home, rather than commiserate with yourself, get out in the world and find an interesting place, person, or thing. Try to get it down on the page. You’ll appreciate the time away and a chance to clear your mind.
Just as a bird gathers disparate materials to make its dent in the universe, you must gather the present moments you uniquely experience to make your mark on the world.
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