lots of alternatives

23 be blue

‘Blue oceans denote all the industries not in existence today.  This is the unknown market place.’*

These alternatives don’t have to be a businesses in the strictest sense.

There’s a lot of blue ocean: you can do something for nothing and don’t even have to ask for permission.

The future invites us to collaborate on things which will change the world for the better.

We get to create new real-life stories.

‘Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the human heart is never completely born.  It is being birthed in every experience of your life.’**

(From Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne’s Blue Ocean Strategy.  Red oceans are industries which already exist.)
(From John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara.)

flux capacitors (and forgiveness)

22 be the capacitor

Anyone who enjoys the Back to the Future trilogy knows a flux capacitor is the crucial element to the de Lorean time travel vehicle.

When it comes to our futures, a “flux capacitor” is what ŵe create to make it possible to journey to our possible futures, and back to begin to live our preferred future in the present.

Yesterday, I found myself pondering presence, the infinite game, and capacity as important components of flux.

Presence, or being fully present now increases as we develop character and talent, the infinite game is about how we get to play out these dimensions, and capacity is what we produce – the ability to time travel.

‘Time is eternity living dangerously.’*

I connect forgiveness here because it’s a kind of flux capacitor.  Forgiveness makes it possible for deep relationships to be formed, including the friendships we’ll need for our time travel adventures – at the heart of which we find integrity, wholeness, and perseverance.

Whereas Back to the Future’s flux capacitor is fiction (though you can buy one), the other kind is readily available.

‘Friendship is the sweet grace which liberates us to approach, recognise and inhabit the adventure.’*.

(*From John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara.)


21 flux

Three thoughts I found myself pondering at the beginning of today.

The first was about PRESENCE – how becoming Human is about becoming more present to you, to one another, to our world, and to ourselves.

The second was about the INFINITE GAME and how I long for more people  to discover their talents and develop these with passion and imagination.

The third thought was concerning CAPACITY, which involves at least three developing dimensions: character, talents, and at least one other, (perhaps futures thinking, playing reali games, developing story).

Flux is “the action or process of flowing or flowing out” – the experience of life we all get to explore.

ten things

19 10 things

If you were to take out a piece of paper and listed ten things you thought would make your life better, would they be things which made life easier, or ask you to put in more effort?

Just before you make your list, if I add, there’s a load of unique curiosities, and amazing skills and abilities in you waiting to get out, how would this shape your list?


what else is happening?

18 deep breaths

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.^

(*From Edgar Schein’s Humble Inquiry.)
(**From John O’Donohue’s Anam Cara.)
(^From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)


17 the end

Lament and reality and despair and mourning.

Not our favourite words but necessary when it comes to opening the future.

‘There is mourning to be done for those who do not know he deathliness of their situation.  There is mourning to be done with those who know pain and suffering and lack the power or freedom to bring it to speech.’*

We possibly struggle to take hold of a new future because we’re unable to let go of the past.  The future can be too alive for us to handle.  What we are able to do, how we might relate, the art we are capable of bringing is to hot to deal with.

Unless we let the past die, we’ll re-establish what we have sought to escape and the new future quickly looks like the deathly past.

I’ve recently been exploring the idea of the new prophet,** the one who articulates an alternative reality for those who struggle but are not heard.

The prophet tells me:
Life is hard: a lament;
I am not as special as I think and my life is not about me: reality;
I am not in control: despair; 
I am going to die: mourning.  

Strangely, I find myself on the threshold of new possibilities;
Life is hard, yet, somehow, it’s here we find beauty;
We’re not special or the focus, but in serving each other we’re served and feel alive;
We are not in control but we are free;
We are going to die, but first we are going to be fully alive.

(*From Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination.)
(**The new prophet is not abrasive, rather what she sees is expressed in humility, gratitude, and faithfulness, towards a flowering of integrity, wholeness, and perseverance, resulting in courage, generosity, and wisdom.)