healthy spaces

15 we do not (colour)

‘I have no idea why one person can be handed a tragic past and become healthy and selfless while another amplifies their pain into the lives of others.’*

Does everyone have a door to walk through into something better?

I hope they do, and I want to believe we all get to play a part in making doorways available.

Last night I met with a crowd of people engaging in a MOOC (massive open online course) which has, as part of the experience, offline hubs and circles.  It felt very much like a door into a healthy place where better stuff can happen.  I guess most of us know we all have unhealthy things going on in our lives, but as someone shared, there was a feeling of hope in what we were doing.

‘Yes, we are broken, but at the same time we are awakening to our brokenness.’**

Yuval Noah Harari writes about how Humans create imagined hierarchies.  No matter what kind of propensity or possibility we imagine for people, it ‘will usually remain latent if it is not fostered, honed and exercised’:

‘Not all people get the same chance to cultivate and refine their abilities.  Whether or not they have such an opportunity will usually depend on their place within their society’s imagined hierarchy.’^

I welcome Harari’s observation about everyone having talent.  There’s never been a time like this when we’re able to make development of talents a reality, creating healthy spaces not because we have the answer and others need it, but because we realise creating these open door, healthy spaces are the only hope any of us have to deal with our brokenness and become explorers of the one life we all get to live.

(*From Donald Miller’s Scary Close.)
(**From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)
(^From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)

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