I settled on a game called I am a contribution. Unlike success and failure, contribution has no other side. It is not arrived at by comparison.*
The world is waiting, not to be held captive, but to be captivated by new voices – for the hopeful messages and stories, each of us has to tell.**
In my dreamwhispering work with people there are two questions being explored:
Who am I?
What is my contribution?
These cannot be fully answered apart from one another. Richard Rohr describes humans as interbeings, his faith seeing everything that is in this way:
We, exactly like the Trinity, are interbeings. We are also created by interface.^
The very work I do would not exist without tens of thousands of conversations with more than six hundred people, never mind all that I’ve read and heard from others, all contributing to the shaping of who I am.
Directly and indirectly, I am then sum of many people’s contributions, and this person I am is what I return as my contribution.
Ours is an amazing life full of honour, nobility and enlightenment when we make others, rather than ourselves, the centre of attention.
(*From Benjamin and Rosamund Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(**From Bernadette Jiwa’s The Story of Telling blog: The Captive Vs. The Captivated.)
(^From Richard Rohr’s Eager to Love.)