‘How are my thoughts and actions, in this moment, a reflection of the measurement world? And now?’*
Roz and Ben Zander’s question enables us to see a world of measurement we’re largely oblivious to. Seeing this is necessary for moving into a universe of possibility. It’s not a case of “Are my thoughts and actions … ?” They are; it’s just a case of how much they are.
A year ago, I was reflecting on vuja de, created by comedian George Carlin and developed by IDEO’s Tom Kelley as the ability to “see what always been there but gone unnoticed.”** The world of measurement is unable to notice some of the most important possibilities right before us. For me, this means a person see ing things in their lives.
‘If you want to achieve the unimaginable, you start by imagining it.’^
‘The action in a universe of possibility maybe characterised a generative, or giving, in all senses of that word – producing new life, new ideas ,consciously endowing with meaning, contributing, yielding to the power of contexts.’*
There are two parts to life – these are not necessarily age related.
The first half of life is about learning a field, pursuing what we think is important, even identifying ways of giving to others – this half relates, I think, to the world of measurement. This first part of life produces more than we can measure – the vuja de effect – and to see, we must step into another realm. Into a universe of possibility, through imagining, then designing (prototyping) and then producing.
Some never make it into their second half of life. They’re so immersed in the world of measurement that they feel they never have enough, not realising, what they really have is more invisible than visible.
For those prepared to step out, there’s a different way of seeing, understanding an unexplored universe of life in all its fullness.
(*From Rosamund and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(**Tom Kelley, quoted in Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question.)
(^From Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)