‘Must needs solitude.’*
‘We don’t get to know who we are because we’re not listening.’**
We all need a space in which we can be open to more can happen.
My “I-in-Me” world is too small and I need some place to grow. Beyond the noise and technology, here I can simply wander, follow my curiosity, and daydream.
This is the world of “I-in-It” in which I’m open to connecting with more.^ Here I find the future.
The worlds of “I-in-Us” and “I-in-Now” will follow but, for now, I’ve somewhere I can go every day, beyond the fixed state of who I have become into the interactive state of who I am becoming.
Something else happens. I find this to be the place where my head and heart and hands are rejoined:
‘We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands.’^^
‘It turns out there is no way to divorce the demands of the head and the demands of the hands from the lining of the heart.’*^
We all get stuck – in life, in work, in relationships, in direction – and it’s normally when we disconnect the head from the hands and so from the heart.
We can all make places for rejoining- these places are already in and around and in-between our homes and workplaces.
(*From Elle Luna’s The Crossroads of Should and Must.)
(**From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(^I-In-Me, I-in-It, I-in-Us, and I-in-Now are terms borrowed from Otto Scharmer’s Theory U. The four refer to, in order, the closed life, opening the mind, opening the heart, and opening the will.)
(^^From Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)
(*^From Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)