Or, what did we miss?
Edgar Schein writes about how: ‘we take in a great deal of data but our tendency to leap to judgement prevents us from reflecting on most of it’.* Schein’s immediate reflection is on a terrible evening when his granddaughter cut her forehead and had to be taken to hospital a long way away, altogether taking up six hours. When he was asked this question afterwards he realised he’d missed six hours of brightness and chattiness from his grandchild.
We know it, don’t we? We miss so much of what is happening in and around us.
”It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you.’**
A world? Really?
I believe it. When people begin to notice what lies within them, it is, nothing less then a whole, wonderful world.
The person who listens makes it possible for these new worlds to come to birth, and, when joined with others, create new solar systems. They are an infinite gamester:
‘They did not expect an infinite listener who joyously took their unlikeness on himself, giving them their own voice through the silence of wonder, a healing and holy metaphor that leaves everything still to be said.^