being (……..)*


*Please insert your name within the brackets.

“Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name.  Give me freedom to grow, so that I may become that self … .”**

Every person’s life is a garden of possibility.

I’m working on the garden around our house, and nature keeps teaching me that there’s always a possibility of newness just a season or two away.

“And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things …”^
‘You have connected to a deeper source – to the source of who you really are and to have a sense of why you are here – a connection that links you with a profound field of coming into being, with your emerging authentic Self.’^^

Yesterday I was imagining with a small group an entrepreneurial experience in its broadest sense, a space in which people can expand their understanding and experience in a co-creating way.  As I was thinking about this today, I was remembering a definition for being entrepreneurial: to take responsibility for.

It’s as if we look into the depths of our lives and notice more: “That gives me an idea.  I can do something with that!”  In this way we are all entrepreneurs.

In the 18th Century Denis Diderot led the collating of an Encyclopedia which alphabetically listed the work of different craftsmen and craftswomen, democratising the skills and talents of all those listed – whilst in Berlin salons of the bourgeois witnessed people dressing up and imitating some famous character from literature or history:

‘In Paris, the Encyclopaedia aimed socially lower and asked readers in salons not to imitate but to admire ordinary people bustling at work.’*^

Zooming is a word Seth Godin uses to describe how we take the things we can do even further.  Now we’re gardening.

It’s not about being someone else; it’s about being more who you are, who I am; we only need the right environments of learning, opportunity, and experience to expand this understanding and experiencing of who we are, to be able to zoom.

So I am being Geoffrey.

(**George Appleton, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(^From Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem God’s Grandeur.)
(^^From Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)
(*^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)


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