“If you let yourself be absorbed completely, if you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.”*
‘[T]he first thing I should do is to take a moment, to consider what is actually being asked for, to adopt an attitude of humble inquiry, to be a process consultant.’**
From today, “without appointment” is how I’m recorded within my institution.
I am now officially on my own to pursue the work I have felt called by for some time. It’s a new story, a new land to be journeyed into. Whilst there are a number of things I know this new direction will include, there are many people and things I’ve no idea I will come upon. These will emerge from the future, inviting me to be attentive, the become, to act.
This will mean, in order to keep journeying, there will be things I must let come, as well as things to let go – and maybe even some of the hopes I hold right now.
‘A world that works for everyone does not exist, except in our imagination. So we must feed the imagination.’^
The future asks of me, “What can you imagine?”
Imagination isn’t solely a mental process, but one that combines heart and mind: ‘the heart may perceive future events before the brain does … at the very least it implies that the brain does not act alone in the perception of future events.’^^
We exist in an age when we’re discovering and developing our perceptual skills, being open to others, our world, and our future self. It is the appointment I’m seeking to be busy in.
Ramez Naam imagines what this will mean – I echo his sentiment, though add the heart to this:
‘We stand poised on the brink of the largest ever explosion of human mental power, a second renaissance more transformative, more far-reaching, and more inclusive than the first.’*^
(*Anne Morrow Lindbergh, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Edgar Schein’s Helping.)
(^From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire – ebook version.)
(^^From Joseph Jaworski’s Source.)
(*^From Ramez Naam’s The Infinite Resource.)