like celts on the waves

23 the adventure begins

‘The mantra of the traveller is to make peace with waiting.  The mantra of the quester is to keep moving forward.  Whatever it takes, whether facing an immense challenge or spirit-sapping tedium, just keep making progress.’*

The early Celtic missionaries would throw their coracles on the waves and set out on a journey to “who knows where.”  They belief was that wherever they ended up was where their God wanted them to be.

There’s a lot more to their example than “blind faith”  and maybe more than the Celts even realised.

For a start, they didn’t stay home waiting for something to happen, for a sign to appear.  They assumed they were made to travel to the edges, and they believed the waters would carry them there.  After that, they were prepared to accommodate the complexities of currents, weather systems, and whatever else awaited them.

We humans are strange creatures.

In one moment, we arrest activity in order  to reflect upon our breathing.  In another moment, we are walking the earth, scanning the horizon, and dreaming of the future.

Another way of saying this is that we are divergent, emergent, convergent people.**

We open ourselves to more possibilities, we sense the future calling in some of these possibilities and not others, and then we focus our skills on making something happen.

This is the adventure of opening our minds to more, opening our hearts to what is calling us, then opening our wills to craft the future.^

Being a dramatic journey rather than theatrical one, we do not know what lies ahead.

Frans Johansson adds more nuance to this exploration when he describes the crafting of randomness, including: connecting with more people (elements of divergence/opening minds); making more bets (elements of emergence/opening hearts); and, actually doing stuff in a complex world (elements of convergence/opening wills to prototype and create).^^

(*From Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)
(**See Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo’s Gamestorming.)
(^See Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)
(^^See Frans Johansson’s The Click Moment.)

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