That thing you do, it’s powerful. Or at least it used to be. What’s happened?
‘I have always had cause to accept the idea that “the thing we love most is what kills us.” However, I’ve always skated rather tenderly around the adjoining idea that “we all kill the thing we love.”’*
In his book on randomness and serendipity, Frans Johansson writes:
‘Actively rejecting the predictable insight leaves you nowhere else to go except making unpredictable, random connections.’**
Predictability can rob us of new insights or ways of doing what we do. Once we were described as a breath of fresh air but now the air has grown stale. Walter Brueggemann writes of how the powerful thing we bring needs to be moved into the realm of poetry rather than ideology, a portal to new insights rather than This is the only way we can do this:
‘Prophecy cannot be separated very long from doxology, or it will either wither, or become ideology.’^
It is the infinite game that keeps alive our love, that continues us doing the powerful thing we do. It must not become a finite game in which we slip into a fixed rather than a growth mindset:
‘There is a concept in psychology called risk homeostasis. It refers to the idea that humans have a degree of risk they find acceptable and strive to live their lives at that level.’**
That powerful thing you do. It came about because you were prepared to go wehere no one else would go, whether it was to speak in a bright way at your checkout to every customer, come up with oblique ideas that made you look silly at first, honouring the person you are a carer for with a deep dignity, seeing the way something didn’t work and offering to sort it out. In thousands of different ways powerfulness breaks, only to lose its way in the predictable, reaching a height that turned out to be a plateau.
Your love has waned but not gone.
Time to get wandering again, to leave the well travelled path, to notice what others do not, allow yourself to feel what others do not, and then to make something happen that is quite simply … powerful.
(From K.M. Weiland’s blog: 6 Lifestyle Changes We Can Make to Protect Creativity.)
(**From Frans Johansson’s The Click Moment.)
(^From Walter Brueggemann’s The Prophetic Imagination.)