Morning Wire Meditation, March 12 2020

Like pretty much everybody else in the world right now, I’m trying not to completely panic and not entirely succeeding. I have a usually-well-managed anxiety disorder, not-particularly-well-managed ADHD, and an intermittent hand tremor, and when all three of those decide to act up at once, work gets... very interesting. 

Part of why I started doing these pieces was to help me transition into “work” brain - like most people with ADHD, I struggle with task switching. Some days I experiment with new techniques or ideas, some days I just make something random out of the scraps left over from the previous day... and apparently I can also use it as a way to process what I’m feeling so I can settle down enough to actually focus on productive action. 

This piece is called “flattening the curve” because, well, that’s what’s on my mind right now, and I used the wire both to express both what I want to see happen (the long low curves) and the tension I’m feeling right now (the tight loops). Because symbolism? I have more to say about it, and I’ll be writing a blog post as soon as I finish putting some curve-flattening precautions into place, but for right now, here it is: a reminder to focus on productive actions, no matter how small, rather than flailing about in a blind panic. 

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