I pride myself on being a good communicator, but I’ve always struggled to strike a balance between simplicity and complexity. I’ve learned to pack as much nuance as possible into three-sentence emails. I now preface presentations with a statement of intent (“Here’s what we’re going to cover today!”) in an effort to alleviate the inevitable sighs of impatience. I’m working on being more linear and less circuitous (although I still maintain that circuitous can be good).
Does this pain me? Yes. Is it necessary? Mostly… yes.
However. In this space, I will celebrate – nay, I will perpetuate complexity. Three-sentence emails be damned! I don’t intend to prattle on endlessly about inconsequential nonsense. But! I believe life is a layered, intricate journey chock-full of subtlety and detours and nuggets that are meant to be savored.
Details are beautiful! Glorious, even! We wouldn’t be who we are without them.