‘Mortals must do what they are here to create or they will become cranky.’*
‘Every missed rite of passage led to a new rigidification of the personality, a lessening ability to see, to adjust, to understand, to let go, to be human.’**
We all get itches. Have you noticed, when you thoughtlessly scratch an itch it gets worse?
And when we go through life with an itch of something we could contribute, some art to bring, but thoughtlessly scratch it, the art doesn’t emerge and we just get crankier.
Here are three rites of passage we can use to do some thoughtful scratching and move from itch to art:
Notice your itch, what it is, why it’s there, who’s causing it, when is it’s most itchy.
Allow yourself to feel the itch, for it to guide you, even define you, transforming from an itch to an urge.
Do something about what you are seeing and feeling. Try out the art that emerges from the itch. Offer it to others.
Now who’s cranky?
‘When you make a dream come true for yourself, it’ll be a dream come true for someone else too.’^
(*From Seth Godin’s Tales of the Revolution.)
(**From Richard Rohr’s Adam’s Return.)
(^From Derek Siver’s All You Want.)