All you have is what you are and what you give.*
In a competition between someone who knows the most and someone who is willing to learn the most, the edge usually goes to the curious and empathic professional, not the one who is simply protecting what’s already known.**
Shevek’s words caught my eye because
they relate to the two important questions:
Who is my True Self? and
What is my Contribution?
What we are is enough because
what we are can be
The two questions relate to the
two myths Joseph Campbell encourages us to shape for our lives:
A personal myth and a
Which are expressions of meaning,
Not that we are searching for meaning,
Rather we have found our meaning,
This in the way that James Carse espouses:
Myths, told for their own sake, are not stories that have meanings, but stories that give meanings.^
Our lives are stories that we’re
telling every day.
This also means they can be written or told differently.
It may only take a moment to stop what we’re doing
and ask the questions,
Writing down what comes to you.
Do this for a moment
for a month
and see what happens.
*Maria Popova’s The Marginalian: Ursula Le Guin on Suffering and Getting to the Other Side of Pain;
**Seth Godin’s blog: Expertise;
^James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.