personal heuristics


‘They don’t know who they really are and what they’re capable of.’*

‘First, find something you feel deeply passionate about creating.  Second, choose something the crowd is passionate about seeing come into existence.’**

Everyone has some or other graceful gift to discover and share.  Something which has about it the feeling of being an eternal, creative, joyful movement in our lives.  In Pamela Slim’s words, it will likely be something “an inch wide and a mile deep.” ^

An inch wide means we can miss it, of course.  To make this journey into a larger universe of what our lives can be, we have to lay aside, or step outside of, our personal heuristics – the things we have come to think of as defining our lives.  There is more to all of us than we know and, when connected to a dream, something special is about to be released.

Lewis Hyde^^ reminds me that the graceful gift is alive when it is what it is, when it embodies a spirit or dream, and when it creates a community.  If it doesn’t do these things, the likelihood is that its been commoditised – perhaps a skill to be sold in the labour market, something disconnected from our family and friends and the rest of life.

The laws of nature are basically gravity, magnetism, electricity, and nuclear force – everything that is finds itself governed by these laws.

And against these laws, we play out our lives.  However, there appear to be some secondary laws for human life to be lived beyond heuristics: we need to be autonomous, express our unique skilfulness, and live for a purpose greater than ourselves.

(*From Donald Miller’s Scary Close.)
(**From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)

(^See Pamela Slim’s Escape From Cubicle Nation.)
(^^See Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)


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