How Rescuing a Wild Bunny Will Make You A Better Designer

This is where the trouble started.

I need to write my blog post, but the only thing I can think about is the bunny, and if its warm enough, if I rubbed its belly enough so it will pee and not bloat, if the formula I just ordered from Illinois will make it here before its eyes open.  I am still feeling badly for putting it out in a box during a storm after the cat brought it to me, thinking the mom bunny would sniff it out and take it back to her nest.  I was up all night listening to the howling wind, forcing myself to stay in bed and not check on the bunny.  After all, I was letting nature take care of things.

This is how rescuing a wild bunny will make you a better designer:

When you are taking care of something young and fragile, you must adhere to a schedule.  If you do not, the wee thing may suffer from a variety of maladies due to your negligence.

This also happens when you neglect your designs, due to procrastination or going off on design tangents that have no right chewing up the design time for this project.  A consistent schedule, with time built in for spontaneity, as recommended by Dave Stewart’s Ideas Factory business model for his company results in meeting deadlines and a tight, well-executed design that meets the project needs.

When taking care of something young and fragile, you must have compassion and an ability to put yourself and your needs aside.

When working on a new design for someone other than yourself, it is imperative to compartmentalize your ego and also use your listening skills to really, really hear with the client and site needs.  This is especially important in the early stages, just as it would be in a bunny’s first days.

When taking care of something young and fragile, you must have the flexibility to change as the situation evolves.

With all good design projects, possessing the ability to chuck something that you have fallen in love with when you realize its just not working is a a  necessary skill.  Not allowing yourself to fall in love with a particular brick pattern, color palette or plant grouping to the point that it clouds your ability to see the big picture will open you up to new possibilities and provide the right solution to your design.

With the bunny, I thought I’d take care of it just as I would a baby chick:  heat source, straw, some water and food, occasionally  holdings—that’s it, easy.  No, a wild bunny needs much more than this, so very much more.  Some design projects also need much more time and thought than you originally budgeted, or a different approach entirely.   But you must move forward, as you are committed to its success, and you will do whatever it takes to get through.

Here’s another picture of the bunny in his newly donated fur nest, because bunnies are so damn cute.

Now I get the whole bunny thing.

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