Until your dreams become emotional, they won’t be powerful enough.*
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.**
We can over-focus on where we have come from – where we were born, our education, our looks and speed and height and such. What about where we are going – our goals, our choices, our imaginations, our transformations and such
Rather than rue the person we are, better to design rites and rituals to become the person we want to be.
Bernadette Jiwa points to three curiosities: diverse, empathetic and epistemic.^ In other words be curious in a wide as possible way, notice the things you are most deeply curious about and turn these into deeper knowledge by trying them out.
It’s never too late to create our own rites and rituals. The prefix “re” is a great gift to us. Now we can recommit, return, realign, recapture, relearn. When overlaid with daily writing, we spot who we are and what we must do:
“Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own. Writing enables us to find out what we know — and what we don’t know — about whatever we’re trying to learn.” ^^
There’s a place in the Judaeo-Christian scriptures telling of when Jacob is on the run, before he became renamed (theres another “re”) as Israel. He goes to sleep and has a dream about a ladder reaching from the earth to heaven. In the morning he says, “God was in this place and I did not know,” except the Hebrew apparently says, “God was in this place and I, I did not know.”
Now we can all know who we are and what is our contribution.
(*From Ben Hardy’s blog: These 20 Picture Will Teach you More Than Reading 100 Books.)
(**Albert Einstein, quoted in Wilson McNair’s Hatch.)
(^Bernadette Jiwa, quoted in Wilson McNair’s Hatch.)
(^^William Zinsser, quoted in These 20 Picture Will Teach you More Than Reading 100 Books.)