relaxing, kindness, and what we do not know

10 relax, be kind

Humans move into the unknown one life at a time, each person being capable of uncovering something new, something we didn’t know before, somehow making the invisible visible.

No matter how far we’ve journeyed – and we’ve come a very long way, there remains more that is unknown than is known.

Some move forward as if they know what they are moving into, but in reality, the unknown requires we make endless course corrections.  Something then begins to happen.  It’s as though the future is telling us what wants to happen.

‘[T]here is a sweet spot between the known and the unknown where originality happens; the key is to be able to linger there without panicking.’*

“The most important thing about art is to work.  Nothing else matters except sitting down each day and trying.”**

We do not go blindly into the great unknown; we each carry a curiosity for something – call it our art – which we pursue in the form of questions – open questions, not closed ones, and not one but many.

When we relax and go with the flow, more opens up.

Which also brings failure and the need to start over, so we need to be kind to ourselves.

And we need to believe that what is unknown, will reveal itself when it wants to, to the people it wants to reveal itself to.  To those who humbly ask, knock, and seek; not to those who demand, not to the violent.

To people like you.

‘We are partners in the unfolding of the universe.’^

(*From Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc..)
(**Steven Pressfield, quoted in Chris Guillebeau’s The Happiness of Pursuit.)
(^From Joseph Jaworski’s Source.)

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