human scale is established not simply by moving, but by moving in a way which is puzzling, as in a maze; which encounters obstacles, as in moving slowly in a crowd; which has to deal with a heavy sensory load, as in lateral vision*
Garden paths, for instance, are often intentionally narrow, to encourage the visitor to slow down; they curve and meander, ideally with part of the path hidden from sight, to create a sense of mystery and discovery.**
You’re here, but that only the beginning.
Whilst you may not have chosen to be here or where to be born:
If we were to describe our lives simply in terms of its factual truth, most of its interesting, complex and surprising dimensions would be left out.^
The interesting, complex and surprising are for you to discover and to add: the how of being here.
There are many paths across the landscape of life, and whilst you may start out on one someone else has cut, there are many places where you will have the encouragement to begin cutting your own.
The best paths slow us down, they cause us to notice what others do not see:
I always admire people who marvel at things that anyone could have notice but didn’t.^^
What wonderful things you will find and bring back to others:
I discovered things and wanted to share them … don’t look at me, look at what I’ve found. … The more anonymous you are and the more you lose yourself, the more you add to yourself. It sounds absurd, but that’s the way it really is. … My idea being that for the sublime and the beautiful and the interesting, you don’t have to look far away. You have to know how to see.*^
*From Richard Sennett’s Building and Dwelling;
**From Peter Turchi’s A Muse and A Maze;
^From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
^^From Brian Eno’s Brian Eno’s Diary;
*^Hedda Sterne, from Austin Kleon’s blog: The work and wisdom of Hedda Sterne.