When we thoroughly know how good we are, we can readily (and creatively) think well about how to improve. It is as simple as that.*
There’s a link between appreciation and thinking better.
Appreciation enables blood to flow to our brain, making it possible to improve our thinking:
‘Thinking needs blood, and blood needs Appreciation. Lovely.’*
We’re all capable of having better ideas and better ideas are what we need for a better world; as James Carse says:
‘Finite players play within boundaries, infinite players play with boundaries.’**
Perhaps we are more able to become those whom Richard Rohr refers to as ‘seers of alternatives.’^ Instead of waiting for something to happen and react or respond to, we’re initiating possibilities. These ‘seers of alternatives’ create space for others to explore as they’ve forward by influencing events and inspiring people’:
‘Somebody said that what the world needs is not more geniuses but more genius makers, people who enhance and don’t diminish the gifts of those around them.’^^
Anne Lamott and Ben Hardy help me to see that appreciative people and environments will be marked by kindness and mercy and faith:
‘Pope Francis says the name of God is mercy. Our name was mercy, too, until we became more productive, more admired and less vulnerable. We tend to forget it’s still there.’*^
‘Faith is action, and thus also power. Faith and fear cannot co-exist in the same person at the same time. Thus action (i.e., faith) and inaction (i.e., fear) are opposites. Do what you love. Do it more. Output all the time.’^*
When we get things this way around, we’re exploring more of what it means to be human.
Before and after pictures are used to provide us with powerful images for how we have moved on. But the after is not it in the appreciative world, it is the new before.
The best answers will always open up bigger questions.
(*From Nancy Kline’s More Time to Think.)
(**From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now.)
(^^From John Ortberg’s All the Places to Go.)
(*^From Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway.)
(^*From Ben Hardy’s article: These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More Than Reading 100 Books.)