In our eagerness to make an extraordinary impact, we forget it’s in ordinary moments that we leave the world better for our being here.*
Seth Godin had actually written ‘The chance to move toward better can become a habit,’ but I’d misread his sentence as “The chance to move forward better can become a habit.”
“Forward” is certainly where we find ourselves as humans; we’re not in the same place we were 60 years ago never mind 70,000 years ago, and the majority of us would not choose to go back: think medical knowledge, gender issues, environmental knowledge … .
The people who captured the Judaeo-Christian creation story have God declaring that the world is good and has the potential of being very good, and this is in our hands.
We can continue to be curious, imagining and creating forward but, as my misreading of Godin had, this will need to be embodied in our habits.
When it comes to what we seek as humans, it’s been noted that we want to be autonomous, skilful at something and to live our lives for something greater than ourselves.** By reflecting on the possibilities for goodness in each of these, we open the possibilities for things becoming very good.