Opening yourself up to the world, to new experiences and themes and inputs, will push you to a new place. And that push? That’s growing.*
Don’t ever think the dead aren’t playing with us. They use us for their unfinished business, even if it’s something as simple as telling their story.**
We cannot understand what we do not want to understand. If we judge what is new according to what we already know with the words we already use, then nothing new can squeeze in.
I worked for many years with an organisation that would have said it encouraged seeking, knocking on closed doors and asking questions, yet these very things were a daily struggle for many.
On a personal level, I was ready to move on from learning in 1975 and then in 1978 and again in 1983, but now I’m hungry to keep on learning until the day I die.
That push is our required learning. Nurturing our curiosity will means we are always hungry, helping us to be open to the other, to struggle to know and to understand and to live more wisely. Perhaps we’ll be able to say with Mary Oliver:
“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited the world.”^
(*From gapingvoid’s blog: The magic of give and take.)
(**American Civil War reenactor Liam McKone, quoted in Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)
(^Mary Oliver, quoted in Philip Newell’s The Rebirthing of God.)