who needs a goldsmith in the desert?


‘A “flamboyant” worker, exuberant and excited, is willing to risk losing control over his or her work: machines break down when they lose control, whereas people make discoveries, stumble in happy accidents.’*

“Seek out people who aren’t afraid of making mistakes and who, therefore, do make mistakes … they are precisely the kind of people who change the world.”**

What a beautiful sunrise today: the sky lit in orange and pink and purple.  For most of us it wasn’t especially necessary – we could do what today required without it and may not have even noticed it.  A bit superfluous!

Only kidding.  I found myself gazing at it, filling up with its beauty, somehow given strength for the long journey that today is a part of.

Hope for the future turns up in our long obedience.  It’s the turning up every day, making something we see but others don’t visible for more.

Dreams without obedience, that is without doing something, drains energy- so does doing stuff without a dream.

There’s a story in the Judaeo-Christian scriptures about a small band of artists and artisans who were able to work in precious metals, jewels, and fine textiles.   But they were in the middle of a desert so who needed their skills?  They all brought their skills and created the most beautiful tent imaginable long before glamping was thought up.  In their minds, they were making something invisible visible.

Each of us has some skill or artistry to make visible the invisible, to make it possible for others to see the universe they see.  Often it’s the very things which we think preclude us that actually qualify us – physical or emotional or mental scars can be beautiful things.

What would the world be like without Vincent Van Gogh?  He wrote in a letter to his brother Theo:

“What am I in the yes of most people – a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person – somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low.  All right, then – even if that were absolutely true, then I should like to show by my work what such a nonentity, such a nobody, has in his heart.”^^

‘Do you find your quiet talents going unused and unnoticed in a world that values bravado, celebrity, publicity, and money?^

So begins Keri Smith’s The Wander Society and an invitation to bring your outlook and hope and crafts to a world that doesn’t know it needs them yet.

(*From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(**From Paulo Coelho’s Aleph.)
(^From Elle Luna’s The Crossroads of Should and Must.)
(^^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)

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