“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is.”*
“I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.’**
I like the idea of a life being “carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” The truth about our lives is where we find our beginning. It’s not the final word.
Facing the good, the bad, and the ugly of my life, embracing its limitations and constraints, can be more hopeful than if I get into thinking, “I could do more if I hadn’t decided to do that back then, if I only had more time, more education, better people around, more money.
Our limitations and constraints, including the more negative, are about where we begin – if we choose. We cannot go back but we can go forward. And whilst it won’t be easy, it will be worth it.
‘One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.’^
‘Three simple and difficult steps:
Get smarter. Hurry.
Solve interesting problems.
Truth is critically important to dreaming. It tells me when I’ve turned my dreams into daydreams to hide in. I don’t expect to do anything spectacularly grand in life. I do hope to turn my dreams – the things I find my life focusing on most of all – into something real.
Mitch Joel helps us to see the entrepreneurial spirit exists in everyone because, at it’s core, to be entrepreneurial is to see something that isn’t working and step up and change that:
‘A true entrepreneur is someone who uncanny desire to create the future, someone who sees the inefficiencies in the work they’re sound – day in and day out.’*^
As Walt Whitman’s poetry helps us see, when we connect with our world – the “press of my foot to the earth” – we see all manner of needs to invest our dreams in:
‘The press of my foot to the earth springs a hundred affections,
They scorn the best I can do to relate them.’^*
Whitman sets off into four pages of poetry listing his affections, and truth unfolds into possibility.
(*Frederick Blechner, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer.)
(**From John O’Donohue’s Echoes of Memory.)
(^From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)
(^^From Seth Godin’s blog Three Simple and Difficult Steps.)
(*^From Mitch Joel’s Ctrl Alt Delete.)
(^*From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.)