let’s face it

1 there are all kinds

‘The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky, yet for anyone with competence and courage, the danger fades.’

Good words to take us into a new year, from Joseph Campbell‘s iconic work on the heroes of myths and legends?

Boundaries can be the lines we draw between what is and what can be.  We can draw these any time but a new year just begs us to create some lines to cross.

At the beginning of 2014, my kine to cross was the challenge of blogging every day – as long as I could add a cartoon.  It’s proven to be quite a journey.

As I begin to identify some lines for a new year, these words are catching my attention

:

‘The face is the icon where all the atmosphere, feeling and thought of an individual life assemble visually.’*

Through face-to-face encounters, we enter into one another’s lives.

Brené Brown shares how, one day, she saw several people on mobile phones not making any eye contact with those serving them: I-It encounters when someone treats another as an object.**

There’s vulnerability involved in looking into the face of another, or having someone look into our face – just take note the next time you do this, especially with someone you don’t know.

Perhaps it is this vulnerability which feeds our humanity most of all.

It is through these face-to-face experiences we best gift our art – from who we are and what we can do – to others; Peter Senge defines love as committing ‘to another’s “completion,” to another being all that she or he can and wants to be.’^

I like this, and so picked up my copy of Martin Seligman’s Flourish this morning, wondering what helping people to flourish in 2015 might look like.^^

Have another read of Joseph Campbell’s words, but this time, imagine these words being about the face-to-face encounters we have in this new year:

‘The adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky, yet for anyone with competence and courage, the danger fades.’

(*From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)
(**Daring Greatly.)
(^From Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline.)
(^^One such possibility for people in Edinburgh is a book group exploring Seth Godin’s new book It’s Your Turn.  You’re welcome to join us, though there’re limited places.)

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