passion and time and questions

9 beyond simplicity

‘How can we reconcile these two facts – that we hate randomness, and yet need it to succeed?’*

‘An infinite player does no consume time but generates it.’**

‘Ask the question.  (And then shut up and listen to the answer.)’^

In this universe of randomness, passion is our guide, claims Frans Johansson.  If we’ve identified what most energises us, we know our passion will never lose its way.

Passion also does something strange with time.  It can feel like time is standing still.  We seem to move faster and get more done.  When passion is not involved, though, time can drag and we get less done than we wanted to.  We even say, we’ll make time for the things we love.

Questions are always better than advice, and one question is never enough.  Questions are the best way of drawing out from someone the advice that already exists within them.

When we begin to grasp the power of passion and time and questions, and turn these into daily practices, we find ourselves being reborn into complexity and perplexity and harmony – a universe that is complex and random in the extreme, yet beautifully and amazingly holds together to make life flourish.

‘By practice, we mean doable habits or rhythms that transform us, rewiring our brains, restoring our inner ecology, renovating our inner architecture, expanding our capacity. We mean actions without our power that help us become capable of things beyond our power.’^^

(*From Frans Johansson’s The Click Moment.)
(**From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)
(^From Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit.)
(^^From Brian McLaren’s Naked Spirituality.)

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