There is a critical moment when non-movement turns into movement, between staying put and actioning – a tipping point moment in which something ‘exercises a disproportionate influence’* on what we do.
What is that something?
I wonder whether that something is our “faith.” Something different in each one of us connecting our past, present but, especially, our future, enabling us to see what we cannot see and to move towards it. It is about our past and present inasmuch as it extends what we are curious and concerned about into future developments and possibilities.
‘Too much collective value without a lot of individual value creates a lot of swiss cheese.’**
There are various collective values – political, religious, business, familial, sports – yet without the contribution of our personal ones, these are full of holes.
We can trust we’re on a journey of faith and not some ego-trip when we embrace the first movement: pride to humility, greed to gratitude, and foolishness to faithfulness.
When we’re moving – at last – something else happens. We change. Our interaction with all around us requires this of us. Ideas are more energising, towns and cities are more interesting, people more wonderful, nature so much more colourful.
What is happening is we are opening our minds and hearts. This doesn’t happen when we’re tempted to take shortcuts or move faster.
‘I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour.’^
Some have suggested that the opposite of faith is certainty, that is, a closed mind and heart, but in this context, I wonder whether it is also fraud. When we are not being who we are and we are not doing what we ought to be doing.
Who am I? What is my work?