Joc partit

Everything He gives you to do,
you must do as well as ever you can.

That is the best possible preparation
for what He may want you to do next.*
(George MacDonald)

The past and present wilt … I have filled them and emptied them,
And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.**
(Walt Whitman)

Joc partit was a game of question and answer, from which we have derived the English word “jeopardy.”  To use Hugh Macleod’s phrase, it is a game played between “wakers”:

‘A waker is someone who is very good at waking someone from their metaphorical slumber, temporary or otherwise.’^

Seth Godin describes one of four elements of entrepreneurship as not being dissuaded from doing things that may not work – and by the way, to be human is to be an entrepreneur, albeit some more reluctantly than others:

‘This one is the most amorphous, the most difficult to pin down and thus the juiciest: They embrace (instead of run from) the work of doing things that might not work.’^^

That doesn’t look good on the C.V., though.  Some prefer to stay put, to repeat their past in the present, rather than open their future and possibly the futures of others.

What will you do next?

(*George MacDonald, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.)
(^From Hugh Macleod’s Evil Plans.)
(^^From Seth Godin’s blog: The four elements of entrepreneurship.)

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