Curativity and the art of generous obliqueness

There are many laws at work in the universe.  Beyond gravity and thermodynamics and relativity, one we’re discovering more about is the law of generosity.  When we understand and live within generosity, both how it flows to us and from us, more things happen.

First of all, generosity requires we are generous to ourselves:

‘I define wholehearted living as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness.’*

This place of worthiness is where we discover we have more than enough – so not a selfish kind of generosity but one releasing us to give.  It’s as we notice the unnoticed in ourselves that we find there’s more to offer to others.  These words from mythologist Joseph Campbell contain the sense of this; we are able to move into the unfamiliar without:

“Wherever the hero may wander, whatever he may do, he is ever in the presence of his own essence – for he has the perfected eye to see.”**

Steve Jobs claimed of creativity:

“Creativity is just connecting things.”^

This helps us to understand and see ways of being creative with what we have – why knowing what we have is so important.  Michael Bhaskar, who is quoting Steve Jobs, above, continues:

‘creativity always contained elements of what we now call curation’.^^

A more apt way of talking about what we do when bring different things we see together is curativity.

All the time generosity is flowing around us, if not toward us.  I am not only thinking about people but the generosity of others is definitely the kind of generosity we can capture and curate.  Richard Rohr is writing about love but could have been writing about this oblique generosity when he wrote:

‘if it’s not flowing out of you, it’s probably because you’re not allowing it to flow toward you […] And love can flow toward you in: through the image of a flower, in a grain of sand, in a wisp of cloud, in a person you allow to delight you’.*^

(*From Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)
(**Joseph Campbell, quoted in Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(^Steve Jobs, quote in Michael Bhaskar’s Curation.)
(^^From Michael Bhaskar’s Curation.)
(*^From Richard Rohr’s The Divine Dance.)





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