Our evolved preference for familiarity often backfires. There are many signals that give us useful information about whether a situation is productive or safe. But pre-existing social networks might not be the best one.*
Expand your attention to include everything that you can possibly hear, without judgement. The ear hears. The brain listens.**
We are creatures who turn the unfamiliar into the familiar.
We like the familiar.
Then we have to beware the overfamiliar.
Then we must set out into the unfamiliar again: a never-ending source of possibility.
Something to be found in each day.
*From Seth Godin’s blog: Fear of strangers;
**Pauline Oliveros, quoted in Rob Walker’s blog The Art of Noticing: source lost.
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I saw something earlier today about how we need to embrace change, it’s so much more than that, we need to explore the unexplored.
Amen to that, Tiffany. We are makers of futures.