The art of using what’s already there

First there was time.  Then space and energy.  Then matter.  And now the possibility of life, of other minds.  What would these new minds think?  What would they grasp? […] I could they feel the weight of the future, heavy, bristling with possibilities.  But I could not see the future.*
(“Mr g”)

You have to keep finding new and creative things to be grateful for […].  You have to keep looking – hard.  Or else your brain just switches to autopilot, and all your blessings starting turning to dust in your mind.**
(Hugh Macleod)

When it comes to the thing we want to do, we don’t have to begin from scratch.

There’s an art to seeing and using what’s already there.

To use the ideas swirling all around us, or the spaces that already exist to meet in, or the abilities we have been developing, or the paths that are already opening up.  Up-cycling all of these with the sparking idea we have to pursue.

The world becomes blue to us, blue as in hyperlinked, connecting us to new worlds of possibility.

It begins with our attention, not the first look but the second, slower look of curiosity.  Richard Sennett describes curiosity as:

‘an experience that suspends resolution and decision, in order to probe’.^

We each have a unique curiosity.  Just this last week, I was asking a group of students to begin identifying their curiosities towards being able to ask better, deeper questions of themselves and each other.

These questions will allow more to be seen, to be understood, to resource us.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi said of curiosity:

‘The rebirth of curiosity doesn’t last long, unless we enjoy being curious.’^^

Our curiosities are already there.  They are there because we enjoy them.  We must set them free.

(*From Alan Lightman’s Mr g.)
(**From gaping void’s blog: Count your blessings.)
(^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(^^From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Creativity.)

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