There's been a lot of random drama on "design twitter" as people call it.
Well let's face it, designers have a lot of opinions. And for good reason. Healthy discord is critical for making designs better.
That's the key word. If you care at all about the impact you have on others around you—colleagues, friends, family— be careful with your words.
I can't even keep count of the number of times I've began a tweet or comment and ultimately deleted it, because it wasn't purposeful.
Your words (including what you type into boxes on the internet) have the power to build up, or tear down.
You get to choose. Construction or destruction. Life or death.
I have a challenge for you if you're having an immediate negative reaction to this article.
Take note of everything you say throughout one day. Including how you tweet. Including how you make sarcastic comments. Including the nice things you say.
Take note of how you say it. Your facial expressions. Your body language. How you feel.
Is it positive? Negative? Why? Why not?
I challenge you to answer those questions.
It all boils down to this...
You will find what you are looking for.
Whether it's pain or pleasure, beauty or flaw, suffering or joy, you will find it.
What you believe and set your mind on, will manifest for you. Whether it's toxic or refreshing.
Hopefully you've realized I'm talking about a shift in personal perspective and world view and not just commenting on designs.
Here's a quote from one of my favorite books that sums it up more eloquently.
The soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires, and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.
-James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
I made a website for that book a few years ago. It only takes about an hour to read. Highly recommended.
See you on the internet!