so what comes next?

“If people would but do what they have to do, they would always find themselves ready for what came next.”*

‘The religion gets in the way of faith.  Static gets in the way of motion.  Rules get in the way of principle.’**

What if this place you have arrived at is not the conclusion or terminus but is the beginning?

Joseph Jaworski writes about the human capacity to anticipate the “what next”:

‘Human beings are exquisitely designed to sense the future, shape it, and bring it to reality – to actualise it when necessary and meaningful, as it desires.’^

The future doesn’t exist, of course; there are many possible futures, some more possible than others.  Frans Johansson calls our anticipation of happenstance and serendipity click moments.  We cannot plan these:

‘The opposite of click moments are planned situations with expected outcomes.  On their own, these don’t generate the chaos and randomness needed to discover new, unique ideas.’^^

But we can be more ready to meet them.

The ability to play the “yes and” game that comes to us from improv theatre is one.  It’s a way of straining and striving to keep the future possibilities as open as possible.  Of course, this is a skill that requires a certain character.

One thing we can do is to develop our ability to play “yes and” allowing us to add to what others share rather than using “yes but,” “no and,” or “not put.”  To use Seth Godin’s concept of tribes, those that are an institutionalised, static, and concerned with rules cannot cope with this, but tribes that are about faith, motion and principle know this isn’t it, and every day ask, what comes next?

(*George MacDonald, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Seth Godin’s Tribes.)
(^From Joseph Jaworki’s Source.)
(^^From Frans Johansson’s The Click Moment.)


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