simply elegant

“If I start on a film and right away know the structure — where it’s going, the plot — I don’t trust it. I feel like the only reason we’re able to find some of these unique ideas, characters, and story twists is through discovery. And by definition ‘discovery’ means you don’t know the answer when you start.”*

How do we navigate the unknown? Warren Berger ponders whether mission questions may be more helpful to us than mission statements.**

Wisdom is the elegant solution: a simplicity found on the far side of complexity.

It can all appear magical, but there’s no wizardry involved. It’s wisdom’s ability to connect past and present and future that makes the difference.

‘To my mind, randomness is not just inevitable, it is part of the beauty of life. Acknowledging it and appreciating it helps us respond constructively when we are surprised.’^

When we’re prepared to reflect on our past, even upon its ugliness, it becomes fuel for the fire we make for the future; when we’re unable to do this, what has happened is unavailable or of no use to us.

Our ability to learn from our mistakes leads to being grateful for their lessons, leading to new possibilities through experimenting and practise towards the unknown of the future — no longer a repeat of the past.

(*Up’s director Pete Docter, quoted in Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc.)
(**See Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question.)
(^From Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc.)