move it

21 listen to your life

Meghan Baker had assembled her life list – all the things she wanted to do before she died.  Then she became ill and discovered she was suffering from a fast-spreading cancer.  One month before she died, Meghan married Adam Warner.  She never got to do the things on her list, but Adam decided to make her goals his own, posting his progress.

Of this experience, Adam says:

“Every time I mark off one of her goals, I think Megan unintentionally chose goals that would make anyone a better version of themselves.  I feel I grow with each notch.*

I found myself wondering, “What if others were to take up my life goals; are they the kind of things that would enable people to grow, even thrive?”

How about yours?

“Listen to your life.  See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”**

Each of our lives are capable of so many things – adjacent possibilities to explore.  We find these best of all by journeying together – moving in our thinking, in our connecting, and in our doing.  We’re journeymen and journeywomen, moving towards something we’ll discover together.

In the movement, we find more than community; we find communitas^ – a community which forms around purpose or cause.  We’re not content with the static.  If we’re not moving then a malaise or disease comes over us.

We’re at our best when we’re moving together into the unknown, into the mystery of life.

(*From Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)
(**Frederick Blechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^See Victor Turner’s The Ritual Process.)

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