The hunger will give you everything. And it will take from you everything. It will cost your life and there’s now a damn thing you can do about it. But knowing this, of course, is what set us free.*
If you keep telling people who they are who their best selves are, if yo keep reminding them of their true identity, there’s a good chance they’ll figure out what to do.**
The sun gives everything to be the sun, but to do its most amazing work, it needs a context. Earth.
A necessary reminder to us that while conviction is critical, context is essential:
Context is what gives meaning. When you change the context, you change yourself. This is where freedom lies. You aren’t fixed, but incredibly fluid and flexible. You can change and be transformed in incredible ways if you open yourself to new experiences, new situations, and new relationships.^
Such contexts of mutuality – in which both us and the context are developed – also make it possible for us to explore other contexts.
Seth Godin named this zooming, long before Zoom was a thing. You take a journey through continually growing or developing who you are and what you do. You may even frame these as what Joseph Campbell named mythological vision quests:
You leave the world that you’re in and go into a depth, or into a distance or up to a height. There you come to what is missing in your consciousness in the world you formerly inhabited.^^
Explore where your zooming takes you, whilst understanding it to be a story you are telling and growing:
Story is a powerful way of making wholes from disparate parts, weaving elements together to provide an instinctively satisfying sense of coherence.*^
*From Hugh Macleod’s Evil Plans;
**From Rob Bell’s What is the Bible?;
^From Ben Hardy’s These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More than Reading 100 Books;
^^From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth;
*^From Graham Leicester’s Transformative Innovation.