We need time to do nothing.’*
‘Autonomy is the desire to steer our own ship. Mastery is the desire to steer well. And purpose is the need for the journey to mean something.’**
We cannot do our life’s inner work from outside.
Yesterday, I suggested the digital world can be one of the reasons why we’re separated from our surroundings and, so, our hope. As digital becomes all pervasive we’ll find ourselves with less time to do nothing. In the digitalising of life, more can mean less.
We need time if we’re to identify our ship, steer it, and have purpose to our voyage. hen we don’t have time for the inner life, these hopes become distanced.
It’s not enough just to be able to think about these things; we also need to be able to feel them: autonomy emerging from our integrity, mastery from our wholeness, and purpose from our capacity to persevere.
But when were able to be quiet and stand still, we give ourselves a chance to develop our inner world, the person we’re becoming until the day we die – we keep finding new edges:
‘It is ironic that you must go to the edge to find the centre.’^
‘Suppose old people grow down as young people grow up.’^^
We don’t expect to find what we hope for lies within but it does.
(*From Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor.)
(**From Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s Bold.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love.)
(^^From Ruth Krauss’s Open House for Butterflies.)