‘The WE appears when, for the moment, we set aside the story of fear, competition, and struggle, and tell its story.’*
‘Live the questions now.’**
The best stories make it possible for us to journey into the future. Whilst they tell of the past, they are full of humility, gratitude, and expressions of beautiful faithfulness which open up life for as many as possible.
The most ancient of human stories tell of how we have all come from one beginning.
The WE story is the great human story we are all part of, it is a tale of relationships – how we relate to one another and how we relate to the world in which we find ourselves – all fauna and flora.
At different times in history, we have seen the power of this story to overcome stories of them and us. We see it in different times and places, only to disappear, reappearing somewhere else. It appears where we are prepared to ask a powerfully disturbing question: “Will we journey together to somewhere neither you nor I have been to?”
The WE story is far more creative because it hopes for what cannot be seen:
‘What happens after that is not in your control, but springs spontaneously from the WE itself.’*
My personal sense of being deepens as my relationship with others and the world develops, and I know, I have hardly begun.
Whilst our ancient stories appear to preserve the past, they actually allow us to invent the future, moving us towards something rather than away from something, an infinite game of possibilities.^
(*From Rosamund and Benjamin Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(**Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer.)
(^An infinite game is marked by the aim of including as many as possible for as long as possible and changes the rules when these things are threatened, whilst a finite game seeks to include some towards a goal and always plays by the rules.)