They said it wasn’t possible, but you have shown that it is.

There’s a reason you’re doing what others are not, why you’ve chosen this path and not the paths so many others are using.

For now, your ways appear odd to others, but there’s too much to lose by giving up your path.

You’re touching the future.

This is an uncrowded position:

Immaturity is the inability to make use of one’s own understanding without the guidance of another.”*

So is this:

‘The three abilities – seeing systems, collaborating across boundaries, and creating desired futures – must continually develop institutions as well as individuals.’**

Crowded is losing our essential distinctiveness in order to fit in (whether consciously or unconsciously) with everyone else.  The tension we find between these two quotes, above – being our own person and bringing our best Self to working with others – is where we find the brightest life.

(*Immanuel Kant, quoted in Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(**From Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)


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