This is not another Friday

Each society and each individual usually explores only a tiny fraction of their horizon of possibilities.*
(Yuval Noah Harari)

When we don’t carry a substantial weight of personal responsibility, we can quickly become stuck. […] A life of ease is not the pathway to growth and happiness.  On the contrary, a life of ease is how you get stuck and confused in life.’**
(Ben Hardy)

Day one is easy.  Day one-hundred-and-one is quite another thing.

When we have found a question that we must answer, it’s the one-hundred-and-first day of learning how to keep going with something that matters so much more moves us closer to the answer

I’ve change one word in this quote from Edgar Schein:

‘The missing ingredient in most lives are curiosity and willingness to ask questions to which we do not already know the answer.’^

(I exchanged the word “conversations” for “lives.”)

Perhaps what emerges from our question is not so much an answer but a story.

(*From Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens.)
(**Froom Ben Hardy’s These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More Than Reading 100 Books.)
(^From Edgar Schein’s Humble Inquiry.)

Uninvited

Blue moments open windows of insight into what it means to be human, and they call us to do something – to follow them.*
(Alex McManus)

In the end, nobody knows what freedom really means until one finds out what freedom really costs.**
(Hugh Macleod)

Sometimes, to be really in, we have to be out.

To be curious …

To wonder …

To ask our questions …

To offer the gift that removes boundaries …

(*From Alex McManus’ Makers of Fire.)
(**From gapingvoid’s blog: Here’s to the crazy ones.)

Keeping the channels open

Endeavour to remain aware
Of the quiet world
That lives behind each face.*
(John O’Donohue)

give the person speaking respectful interested Attention**
(Nancy Kline)

I interrupt people.

I interrupt the usual, the same old same old, the what you see is all there is.

My aim to give uninterrupted attention to what lies beneath the rush and familiar and normal.

(*From John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: For a New Position.)
(**From Nancy Kline’s More Time to Think.)

Any more questions?

And I hope there will always be an edge between the known and the unknown, beyond which lies strangeness and unpredictability.*
(Alan Lightman)

Those worth listening to are still asking and following their questions, still opening their minds, hearts and wills.

We’re all members of this question-generating species.

(*From Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe.)

You have to say yes

While finite games are externally defined, infinite games are internally defined.  The time of an infinite game is not world time, but time created within the play itself.  Since each play of an infinite game eliminates boundaries, it opens to players a new horizon of time.*
(James Carse)

Internal life is generating life.

It’s not so much a destination – does anyone have it fully? – but more a state of flux, of movement, of questioning and exploring around a deep core.

It does not come to us unbidden.

(*From James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.)