Out of the ordinary

Skill builds by moving irregularly, and sometimes by taking detours.*
(Richard Sennett)

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.**
(Neil Gaiman)

There are so many things that do not yet exist that will make the world a better place.

Perhaps you and I will be amongst those who bring these many things into being, not by holding firmly to the past but through a respectful but loose grasp of it and an imaginative openness to the future.

If Mitch Joel is correct in describing us as having ‘bumpy, weird, strange, funky and fascinating lives’^ then you have to imagine the wonderful questions that may emerge when we turn towards the future./  As Seth Godin suggests:

‘If you ask someone a question that causes them to think about something unexamined, that challenges them to explore new way of seeing the world or making connections, you’ve already cause a change to happen’.^^

A better future is perhaps more likely to come through irregular and detouring questions:

“If you don’t have that disposition to question, you’re going to fear change.  But if you’re comfortable questioning, experimenting, connecting things – then change is something that becomes an adventure.  And if you can see it as an adventure then you’re off and running.”*^

Bernadette Jiwa sees that we have have an important perspective, if we can set it free:

‘there are things you can say and do that can’t be copied because those things are only true for you’.^*

It’s a special blend of knowing and openness, as Frans Johansson proffers:

‘You have to think you know what you’re doing while still opening yourself up to serendipity.’⁺

I may look like I’m stacking quotations to make some kind of point – they certainly stacked up for me this morning – but they lare really about is asking better questions, being open to possibilities that do not yet exist but we’re all capable of imagining.

‘Ideas spring up where you do not expect them, like weeds, and are as difficult to control.’**

(*From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(**From Neil Gaiman’s Art Matters.)
(^From Mitch Joel’s Ctrl Alt Delete.)
(^^From Seth Godin’s blog: The trick question.)
(*^John Seely Brown, quoted in Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question.)
(^*From Bernadette Jiwa’s blog: The Art of Differentiation.)
(⁺From Frans Johansson’s The Click Moment.)

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