Friction Might Save Us

Ritual, it turns out, is made of friction — a friction that forces us out of mindlessness and into awareness.

Anything that forces us to escape muscle memory and our screens yields unexpected dividends — especially when it comes to creativity (by definition, escaping patterns).

Scott Belsky

Obviously, Belsky here is referring to breaking unconscious behaviors to thereby allow us to see, to really listen, or to be present. In other words — put your phone down and go look out the window, take a walk, or call your mom.