Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Gentle strength -

Tonight I continue to appreciate the gentleness and strength I have gathered and savored this year.

I just read a lovely little book,  The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda.  I recommend it.   Somehow his words on new technology allow me to better understand and feel control, over what seems to be expanding incredibly fast. 

These are his TEN LAWS.

    1.  Reduce.

    2.  Organize.

    3.  Time - Savings in time feel like simplicity.

    4.  Learn - Knowledge makes everything simpler.

    5.  Differences - Simplicity and complexity need each other.

    6.  Context.

    7.  Emotion - More emotions are better than less.   He says that he why we put smiley faces on our computer messages.

    8.  Trust - In simplicity we trust.

    9.  Failure - Some things can never be made simple.

    10. The One - Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious, and adding the meaningful.

Here are THREE KEYS.

    1.  Away - More appears like less by simply moving it far, far away.

    2.  Open - Openness simplifies complexity.

    3.  Power - Use less, gain more.      He means this in every way.   Notice.   Observe.

"In the martial art of Karate, the symbol of pride for a black belt is to wear it long enough such that the die fades to white as to symbolize returning to the beginner state."

Continue in cycles of learning.   Begin. 

The French coach, Jean-Pierre Elissalde, when coaching the Japan National Rugby team, urged the players "to become like the bubbles in a glass of champagne," "floating upward in unexpected and elegantly fluid ways."    "The Japanese team had to learn how to operate based on intuition versus intellect."   I resonate in this moment to becoming like the bubbles in a glass of champagne.  I am bobbing up and down, like an apple on Halloween, waiting to be caught in a mouth. 

Check out:    http://www.lawsofsimplicity.com/


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