An echo chamber of one is not much fun…

As you know, I don’t do rhyme… so to offer you a weekend smile:

An echo chamber of one
is not much fun.
While two is better
and three is greater,  
four or more
could be the core
of a beautiful 
and magnificent
chorus.

~

Our little valley operates as an acoustic chamber. It’s easy to hear voices in the distance, far away or higher up.

The sense of the natural symphony is alive here, with each bird, insect and animal offering its part. Without that variety, you might find the soundscape monotonous.

And that reminds me of Muhammad Ali’s response to the chat show host Michael Parkinson many years ago, quoted by Alan Moore in Do Design:

Michael: What is your shortest poem?

Muhammad: ‘Me, We.’

And here’s the thing, you can’t create harmonies on your own.

Go gently and join the others.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

~

This week

This week has moved from the aftermath of the storm through to listening and the power of words, including a beautiful John O’Donohue poem on Wednesday.

Creating Space

In addition to reconnecting with the lovely words of the Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, this week has reminded me of the beautiful and powerful insights of the designer and business innovator Alan Moore. My copies of his two books with The Do Book Company are well thumbed and offer something fresh at every reading. If you haven’t encountered these pocket-sized treasures, put them on your wish list. Or even better, gift them to yourself.

  • Do Design: Why beauty is key to everything, 2016. This includes his philosophy of ‘ing.
  • Do Build: How to make and lead a business the world needs, 2021. This includes 13 questions enabling you to think deeply about your work and whether it matters.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿