stone soup


“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”*

‘Find your own way; innovate rather than imitate.’**

This kind of kindness is Engagement 3.0.

Engagement 1.0 is simply getting on with life without an awareness or desire to extend kindness to more than a set number of family and friend members.  2.0 is engaging with others in largely a counter-or competitive position.  3.0, though, is an open position: “yes and …”.  It’s the beginning of an infinite game: to keep open to as many thoughts as possible from as many people as possible for as long as possible.

My friend Will has been staying these last two days, and as we talked about the different things we’re engaged in he threw out some kind challenges to me – three all together.

I’ll be picking up on Will’s challenges.  Saying “yes” is about experiencing more – “and” takes me into innovation and the possibility of being changed or transformed.

I need these kind of inputs from others.

Thank you, Will.

(*Leo Tolstoy, quoted in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.)
(**From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)


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