This has become that and we haven’t even noticed.
Life could be many things but we’re convinced it is what it has become. We have discounted other possibilities and the “hindsight bias” makes sense of our choices.
There is, however, a slow and steady walk which we can take back to the reality of many possibilities.
“I never knew I was creating a world which was an antithesis to the world around me which was full of sorrows, full of wars, full of difficulties. I was creating the world I wanted, and into this world, once it was created, you invited others and then you attract those who have affinities and this becomes a universe.”*
‘[W]e humans, facing limits of knowledge, and things we do not observe, the unseen and the unknown, resolve the tension by squeezing life and the world into crisp commoditised ideas, reductive categories, specific vocabularies, and prepackaged narratives, which, on the occasion, has explosive consequences’**
Every one is a universe.
When we understand and grow our personal universe we make it possible for others to see and explore theirs.
Steven Covey put it this way:
‘Find Your Voice and Inspire Others to Find Theirs.’^
Multiversing is a slow way of becoming.
Just as our world and universe are filled with randomness and chaos so are our personal universes. We need some way of navigating the For this, we have the possibility of slow walking to help navigate the possibilities..
‘The best way to get attention, then, is to give it unconditionally.’^^
We’ve been making walking movements from 17 weeks – in the womb and it’s something available to everyone. Rebecca Solnit observes: ‘instead of a few great experts, walking has a multitude of amateurs – everyone walks, a surprising number of people think about walking … so that everyone I know contributed an anecdote.’*^
Try some wandering to explore and discover your universe, through places you go (think the city, town, or countryside you find yourself in), the people you meet (known and unknown to you), the books you read (be open to the books which “come to you”), through writing (my journalling began with 30p reporters notepads), and the things you do (you may be surprised by the number of invitations you receive to help someone).^* I guarantee this universe is larger than you know and you will never reach the outer limits of it’ All you have to do is walk around.
‘[M]ore than ever more of us have the freedom to care, the freedom to connect, the freedom to choose, the freedom to initiate, the freedom to do what matters. If we choose.’⁺
(*Anaïs Nin, quoted in Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(**From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes.)
(^From Steven Covey’s The 8th Habit.)
(^^From Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful.)
(*^From Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust.)
(^*A wanderer’s kit might consist of a bag to carry tools, a book to read, a notebook and pencil with which to record what is observed, some eats, and something in case it rains, phones are okay for emergencies but great for recording what is seen.)
(⁺From Seth Godin’s What to Do When It’s Your Turn.)