“Decaffeinated”

[Today's newletter copy was written by Jeff Sass, our latest addition to the gapingvoid/SocialObjectFactory team:]

“I’m not passive aggressive, I’m decaffeinated.”

Energy, passion, enthusiasm… these are the things that often drive one’s creativity.
They are also the things we can share to help inspire and drive the creativity in others.

When we share an idea we yearn for it to be met with one or all of the above. We want our audience of one or many to respond to our work with energy… with passion… with enthusiasm. When they don’t, we take it as commentary, or worse, as criticism. But sometimes their less than amazing reaction has nothing to do with us, or our stuff. Sometimes your audience is just too tired, or just too distracted by their own stuff to give you what you want. They’re not being mean, or trying to cut you down with their silence. Their cup is just too full at the moment to make room for you.

What’s in your cup?

-Jeff Sass

Comments

  1. Likewise, just because no one’s commented on your blog post, doesn’t mean no one’s reading it.

  2. Immediately set as desktop wallpaper given my inability to function before the first caffeinated soft drink of the day…

  3. Sheila Foley says:

    Earl Grey, and he’s very uncomfortable.

  4. Can’t help me (myself some say) I just can’t get enough of you and Hugh (unintentional crime rhyme). Your admonition is a great “heads-up.” Beware of beleaguered eyes and ears. They are us.

  5. Great cartoon . . . is the spelling error necessary though?

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