Communicate: (v) to share or exchange information, news, or ideas.
Sometimes a gentle breeze of wisdom will blow my way and leave behind a noble idea.
It happened to me recently.
I was at a store, considering buying a product, when I looked down at the instructions on how to put it together. Please understand, I was very impressed with the item–but very put off by the length of the instructions. Matter of fact, I walked away from that particular situation and found something simpler.
Is it better? I don’t care. It’s simpler.
Now the breeze that blew across my brain, depositing a universal precept, was this:
We do ourselves a disservice as human beings when we come with too many instructions.
When people need to be aware that they “can’t do this” or “shouldn’t do that” or “the following subjects are taboo” or “never bring up the state of Hawaii”… Well, after hearing all the instructions and you realize what would be involved in putting together a relationship with this person, the wise choice is usually to move on down the road to less complicated possibilities.
For verily, verily, I say unto you, the most difficult thing in life to do is communicate.
We shouldn’t put ourselves in the position of needing to do it often. The less we have to communicate, and the more that is worked out my mercy, grace, compassion and understanding, the better off we are.
So here’s a word to the wise:
Work with your design until you don’t have a helluva lot of instructions, and ideally, it’s better to show up already put together.