We don’t get to know who we are because we’re not listening.*
It turns out there is no way to divorce the demands of the head and the needs of the hand from the longing of the heart.**
The young person had described themselves as stubborn.
Stubborn can be useful until it isn’t.
Will we change your minds?
Can we change your minds?
There’s always a choice, even when we feel we’ve been here so long we can’t get out. It’s one of the most wonderful things in the world when we do:
‘Part of the wonder of being a person is the continual discoveries that you find emerging in your own self; nothing cosmically shattering, merely the unfathomable miracle of ordinary being: this is the heart of longing which calls us into new forms of belonging.’^
This “ordinary being” moves us from claustrophobic I-in-me to see more, to see the alternative: I-in-it. Here is Bernadette Jiwa’s “demand of the head,” because we are opening our minds.
From here we find it easier to move towards I-in-You: the “longing of the heart,” which is to open our hearts to the other.
Encouraged, we see the possibility of I-in-Now, which is the “needs of the hand,” to create, but not without you – wherever possible, with you.
Here is the everyday unfathomable miracle of ordinary being open to each of us:
‘The revolutionary force in this century is the awakening of a deep generative human capacity – the I-in-Now.’^^