A brush with life

We are adventurers of who we are as we move to and fro between adventure and stillness.

Some want power and possessions but we have something better, to be most fully who we can be, carrying us into fresh adventures we cannot possibly imagine at the moment.

Towards this, we cannot underestimate the importance of solitude and silence:

‘Be quiet and stand still.’*

The more is sometimes elusive but will always yield to quietness and stillness, though seldomly to busyness and bluster and noise – only the right kinds of activity can be harnessed with quietness and stillness.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi uncovers for us the critical dynamic between the inner and outer worlds when he writes:

‘The bottom line is, rather, how we feel about ourselves and what happens to us. To improve life one must improve the quality of experience. […] There are two main strategies we can adopt to improve the quality of life. The first is to try making external conditions match our goals. The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals better.**

Within this dynamic, we experience our most important brushes with life.

(*From Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor.)
(**From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow.)

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