The magnificent must

Selective ignorance is not the avoidance of learning. […] It’s knowing what to avoid.*
(Ben Hardy)

Generally my feeling is towards less: less shopping, less eating, less drinking, less wasting, less playing by the rules and recipes. All of that I want in favour of more thinking on the feet, more improvising, more surprises, more laughs.**
(Brian Eno)

There are many things that can divert us from what we must do in life.

Our must is different to a goal.

Goals have to be reached, that’s why we set them, but there is something about our must that feels unattainable, held ever before us in the blue of distance.

My must is about helping people to discover how amazing they are and the the gift they can bring into the world.^

There’ll always be another person to walk with, there’ll always be a need to increase and improve my skills.

Goals come and goals go, but the nature of must means to lose sight of it, or be diverted from it, would be soul-crushing.

Reading seven words for the best storytellers provided by Bernadette Jiwa, I thought how they can help us, perhaps through some reflection and journaling, to stay close to our must:

We must be:

present
aware
specific
vulnerable
empathetic
intentional
brave.^^

*From Benjamin Hardy’s Personality Isn’t Permanent;
**From Brian Eno’s A Year With Swollen Appendices;
^Someone recently shared how, ‘People are totally magnificent’;
^^From Bernadette Jiwa’s What Great Storytellers Know.

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