We don’t know what awaits on the other side of the doorway; we don’t know where it will lead or what will happen.
We’ll have to figure it out as we go. It’s how Humans grow best. We’re all in the “School of Figuring Things Out.” Such a big world.
Of course, some have traded this for clarity, for knowing, and with this they colour their world, but it’s a smaller world.
It’s not the right time to begin. You haven’t got all you need. The market hasn’t established. You still need more time to work on your idea.
Who you are and what you can do is tangible: knowledge, skills, experiences, curiosities, passions … and the list goes on.
The bad news is, you’ll never be ready.
The good news is, you’re ready right now, for today.
It doesn’t have to be something big big: an experiment or expression of your art sees you moving.
something really big
Is the ability to keep going.
It’s about possibilities opened up by keeping going, keeping growing.
In her book Mindset, Carol Dweck writes about open-growth mindsets and closed-fixed mindsets.
The winner can be tempted to live in the win; the loser tempted to lower their sights.
We measure ourselves differently to how others measure us.
These are my three questions for keeping going:
What is my creativity?
What is my generosity?
What is my enjoyment?
What are your questions?
Spotting doors, which are all around us, is an art or skill.
Here are three ways of not developing the skill:
Believe you know all there is to know about people, the world, and all things in between;
Do not try to extend what you care about beyond your small world;
Let the fear of doing something different or new hold you rather than using it as a means for momentum.
Doors come in all shapes and sizes, many forms and guises.
Humans are always on the lookout for ways of framing their day, their lives.
Today’s my birthday. I woke up to this text from a friend: “Happy Birthday Geoffrey! Have a bold year ahead.”
That’ll do it. I’m going to be imagining exploring more of what a bold year may look like for me.
Be bold and prosper.
‘the adventure of yes seemed more alive than the safety of no’*
Can “safety of no” people become “adventure of yes” people?
I was reflecting on someone’s comment to me, about my asking people to take a step too far into the unknown, I think I’ve been more a safety of no person and am becoming a little more an adventure of yes person.
How about you?
(*From John Ortberg’s All the Place to Go.)
In The Adjustemnt Bureau, the protagonists discover there are many unseen doors in life. Real life has even more doors than the movie.
An invitation, an idea, an experience, a person, even an actual door, can be a door into some new adventure and/or community.
Spotting doors is a skill which can be learnt. We can train ourselves through daily honing and practising our curiosities, skills, and connecting with others.
In the end, the best thing to do is try the door.
When is a door not a door? When it’s a missed opportunity?
(Thin|Silence is on holiday, so cartoons will be poorer quality.)