stories for letting go and letting come (31)

21 the universe doesn't need

“The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better.”*

As a new day begins, we make a choice.

Our choice determines whether we move in a world of abundance, a “universe of possibility,” or into one of scarcity.

Roz and Ben Zander, who offer the term “universe of possibility,” see scarcity as a result of our attempts to measure and weigh:

‘We grow up in a world of measurement, and in this world, we get to know each and things by measuring them, and by comparing and contrasting them.’**

It’s hard to measure what is unique, though, and this is what each person is.

Yes, we live in the same world doing the same everyday things everyone else engages in.  Yes, we play finite games – which are full of measuring – when we have to do this thing by this time in this way for these reasons and for this cost.

More than this, though, we know how each person is able to infinitely mix what they are curious about and skilled.

We don’t have to measure each other.  As Richard Rohr points out, if this is our choice,  we shall ‘not have strong and final opinions about everything, every event, or most people, as much as we allow things and people to delight us, sadden us, and truly influence us.’^

We imprison one another when we say, “Why can’t you be more like me/more like us!”  We liberate when we say, “Why can’t you be more like you!” – releasing the future Self.

(*Saint Francis, quoted in Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.)
(**See Rosamund and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.)


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