the pleasures of touch


“Show me the hidden things, the creatures of my dreams, the storehouses of forgotten memories and hurts.  Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name.”*

‘The rebirth of curiosity doesn’t last long, unless we enjoy being curious.”**

We get to mix our curiosities and skills and experiences of life into a dream of possibilities.

A dream once mixed doesn’t last long, though – sometimes minutes or hours, often no longer than three days.  It must touch the earth and feel the air in at least some small way in order to live.

What happens then can be nothing less than breathtaking.  Dreams not only open the future but transform the past – for the past is where we have been shaped into who we are, even with our longings for more it is where we have defined our focus, where we have honed our strength and produced our gift.

‘Awareness is the greatest agent of change.’^

To see and know things is to be able to dream.  It doesn’t have to be dramatic – it often isn’t:

I do not bring fire or earthquake or wind – I bring silence.

The silence is always speaking to us.  I mean the things and people and ideas that surround us, that we’re immersed in, everyday but often take for granted – the tings which lie before amazing things being imagined and brought into being.

Humans build things big but the larger we build things – like the products of the industrial and technological revolutions but also systems of business and care and such – the more disconnected we become, the less the majority are able to connect to their curiosities and skills and creativity: think Sports Direct or MacDonalds.  What Richard Sennett observed in the 19th Century steel industry looks like it still holds true today:

‘In the nineteenth-century steel industry, skilled artisans faced two potential futures because of technological change: deskilling or dismissal … Mechanical change came to the labour force rather than from within the labour movement.’^^

But you are a dreamer.

(*George Appleton, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Mihaly Csikszenmihalyi’s Creativity.)
(^From Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth.)
(^^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)


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