Oct 3, 2008
Good article. On super-noticing.
It is ironic: people donâ€™t notice that noticing is important! Or that theyâ€™re already doing it. Itâ€™s kind of like breathingâ€”weâ€™re not usually that aware of it. Itâ€™s much easier to recognize more â€œoutboundâ€ activities like brainstorming, testing, designing, refining. But noticing is just as importantâ€”itâ€™s really where everything begins. Thereâ€™s a funny Zen saying about that: â€œDonâ€™t just do something, sit there.â€ Itâ€™s a reminder to let yourself take things in as well as output them.
I do believe that anyone who acquires sign language has this ability—to super notice, because we can communicate exclusively with our facial expressions and hands, with no sound.