There are people who’ll want you to stop.
Stop thinking those thoughts. Stop meeting with those people. Doing doing the things you do. (Why can’t you just be more like them? Fit in. Be happy.)
But you have to follow the leads, the whispers. You know Humans are made for more. (The genius of this is found below.)
It’s not about stopping with the first thought, the encounter with the first person’s story, the first action or movement. (Or the second, or the third.)
We must follow our curiosity: What lies behind this, and behind this and …?
Albert Espinosa decided at fifteen he wanted to use more of the his brain than the mythical ten percent we supposedly use (mythical because that’s not how the brain works – but it’s still underused), and he counsels:
‘You could put it this way: don’t obey your
first thoughts blindly. Consider well what
it is your thinking. Look for things; don’t
just be happy with your first thought.’
I just add opening our hearts and opening our wills to opening our minds.
It’s the only hope for our world.
Only working with our first thoughts, encounters, and actions, so closing out the possibility of more, may be nice and tidy, but look where it’s got us. No, we need more:
‘Just about every system, whether its
political, financial, or even religious,
has become asymmetrical.’*
So, here’s the genius of this.
After I wrote down these thoughts, above, I began something of a journey. It began with me mentioning to my daughter I’d had a sleepless night, finding myself thinking about a load of things that are happening, including the need to explore ways of finding income when the work with my employer reduces to 60%. Charlotte connected me with business consultant Lesley,** who gave me loads of leads to websites, videos, and ideas, which I’m working through, and each one is another step or more. I may not see the end of this just yet, but I’m closer to it.
Brilliant. (And I took a minute off my run afterwards as I was was thinking about all of this – it really is an energy thing.)
(*From Seth Godin’s Tribes. Asymmetry is the effect “heretics” have on the status quo.)
(**A wonderful conversation with Lesley Calland, and if you’re in the north-west of England and need a business coach and mentor, I recommend getting in touch.)