Most innovative projects … tend to begin with someone venturing out into the world, looking around, and noticing a problem or need.*
What is the new horizon in you that wants to be seen?**
The way we describe our gods may well be the way we want to be ourselves, inquisitive and flabbergasted by human potential:
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.^
How do we become more gracious, righteous, merciful, protecting, saving, bountiful?
Hannah Arendt wrote about how:
Forgiving is the only reaction which does not merely re-act but acts anew and unexpectedly.^^
Arendt is pointing to something new that didn’t exist before, the product of a generative being: which we all are.
Those we remember and honour most are most likely to have expressed the qualities and characteristics found in the psalm. We hear and read and see their stories of goodness and are reminded that we all have the potential to be better than we are in this moment.
Warren Berger encourages us to step outside of our world and take a look around.
Our curiosity will lead us to something new that we can begin, and beginnings are the gateways to becoming, as John O’Donohue proffers:
Through the innocence of beginning we are often seduced into growth.**
May we take a look around today, notice what is emerging for us, and step into a beginning.
*From Warren Berger’s Glimmer;
**From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus;
^^Hannah Arendt, quoted in Lewis Hyde’s A Primer for Forgetting.