Simplicity and Complexity

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Image by Imaginary Foundation, thanks to Jason Silva for sharing.

This week I met with a client who has a role that sometimes feels overwhelming to them in term of scope, complexity and more.

We spoke of the Da Vinci phrase I have written of, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication“.

I also recall from this drawing above a post inspired by another drawing, called “Simplicity on the other side of complexity“.

Finally, I also love elegant writing, and sometimes the shorter, the better. I also love the adage, “never make a point without telling a story”. So, this week I was also supporting one of my sons in reviewing his Masters’ dissertation. He is quite close to the minimum number of words allowed and asked if I felt this was acceptable, to which I said: “as long as you express yourself clearly, the shorter the better”.

That same son features in this post, that includes some of my favourite single lines, called “the longest writing. can be one line“. That post included this line that ends the poem I used for the very first daily post on this site:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

~ Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Poetry can indeed, and most beautifully, move us from Complexity to Simplicity.


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