“Take me down to the spring of my life, and tell me my nature and my name.”*
‘Kodawari is a personal standard for which the individual adheres in a steadfast manner. […] Kodawari is personal in nature and it is a manifestation of a pride in what one does.’**
To know more about ourselves and what we can do opens up life – an amazing world of people and things.. Some are content with knowing only so much about themselves and that has to be okay, but what if David Shenk^ is right to say we don’t know what our limits are as yet – the things that would transform every day. Frans Johansson looks on a universe full of random possibilities and offers:
‘Every minute, every hour there is another surprise around the corner.’^
What we’re giving ourselves to is freedom – freedom to grow. We won’t catch all the serendipitous moments but will miss less as we become people who find ourselves able to bring our critical curiosity and inquiry to them.
So what if drilling down to core of who we are allows us to see the kind of detail that makes it possible to develop the kodawari no ippin, the signature dish of our lives for others to enjoy even more.
(*George Appleton, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Ken Mogi’s The Little Book of Ikigai.)
(^See David Sheik’s The Genius in All of Us.)
(^^From Frans Johansson’s The Click Moment.)