Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.*
Paths run through people as surely as they run through places.**
We can doubt how much we’re capable of.
Perhaps others don’t value what we value. We don’t see a place in the market for what we bring. So we drop it and fit in.
The reality is more likely to be that if we uncover, curate and describe (that is, give shape to) what we notice, we will see even more and have even more ideas.
We have to travel the path.
We find our path to walk within us, one that provides us with a unique perspective on the world around us.
For those who do not give up, but bring their whole of life attention (talents, energies/passion, values) to bear, there is the possibility of a state of knowing and understanding they had not imagined, as Nancy Kline suggests:
Ease emerges and dips and saunters, draping itself around Attention’s focus, allowing it dimensions greater than focus alone can produce.^
From which emerge new possibilities to bring to others.
When the way is flat and dull in times of grey endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.^^
*Albert Szent-Györgi, quoted in Rohit Bhargava’s Non Obvious 2019;
**From Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways;
^From Nancy Kline’s More Time to Think;
^^From John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us: For Those Who Hold Power.