Patterns

We have no future because our present is too volatile. We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.
— William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

Are patterns all we have? 

Patterns exist on macro and micro scales and the daily routines of life are what sustain us as individuals and form the foundation of civil society.  In the background, annual occurrences such as the four seasons, anniversaries, birthdays, weather phenomena, and annual political, economic, or sporting events provide more depth and substance to what people view as existence.  As waveforms, patterns dissipate over time and can be an opportunity for growth when synchronized with another pattern of the same frequency.  

Here are seven additional perspectives from various sources:

If you see a whole thing - it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern.
— Ursula K. Le Guin [fantasy and science fiction author]
Creativity and insight almost always involve an experience of acute pattern recognition: the eureka moment in which we perceive the interconnection between disparate concepts or ideas to reveal something new.
— Jason Silva [television personality and filmmaker]
All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
— Bruce Lee [martial artist, actor, philosopher, filmmaker]
The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns.
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca [Roman philosopher, statesman, dramatist]
Interesting phenomena occur when two or more rhythmic patterns are combined, and these phenomena illustrate very aptly the enrichment of information that occurs when one description is combined with another.
— Gregory Bateson [anthropologist, linguist, semiotician, and cyberneticist]
Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean giving up familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, and relationships that have lost their meaning.
— John C. Maxwell [author, pastor, speaker]
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.
— Edward de Bono [physician, psychologist, author, inventor, and consultant]

Sifting through various media and by maintaining awareness of one's surroundings, one can see patterns and trends emerging in various areas such as brands, aesthetics, words, graphics, architecture, politics, speech habits, and fashion.  Working in the space between patterns is where one can discover the links between disparate elements and it's where opportunities exist to create something new.  It is at these intersections in particular where waves of ideas, technology, or belief systems merge that one can start to create a new reality.  It's one thing to see the pattern, but yet another to do something meaningful with it.  It's in the action to connect them that leaps in growth can happen.