We most often consider genius as an expression of talent, of “what you do.” We rarely think of genius as an expression of essence, or “what you are.”* Erwin McManus
It is a criterion of love. In moments of decision, we are to try to make what seems to be the most loving, the most creative decision. We are not to play safe, to draw back out of fear. Love may well lead us into danger.** Madeliene L’Engle
Back in 1970, Kim Grove began drawing her Love is … characters for her soon to be husband Robert Casali. They featured nude male and female characters depicting multitudinous expressions of Love is: … taking on day at a time, … a song in your heart, … enduring, … our story … . I’ve shared before how many of these cards winged their way from Scarborough to Southport, and Southport to Scarborough back in the late 70s when Christine and I began dating. But, beyond the schmalz, love is many things … … giving people time, … listening, … not judging, … helping, … being compassionate, … sharing kind words, … gratitude, … and, not forgetting, loving yourself … The thrilling part is that there is a genius to love which looks different in each of us, woven through our talents, energies and values, making us capable of imagining and actioning love in many ways.
We all begin with the question “What am I, really? What is my work here?”* Clarissa Pinkola Estés
We feel most comfortable when things are certain; but we feel most alive when they’re not.** Tania Luna
We are not, finally, who we are today, Any more than we were, finally, who we were a year ago on this day. Each day provides us with a day of becoming, both for our inner lives of development as well as the alchemistic ways that we connect with our outer worlds. We get to guide and shape this journey; It’s quite a marvellous thing: Each new day is a path of wonder, a different invitation. … Each day is the field of brightness where the invitation of our life unfolds.^ The past is past, only the future exists, Available in today’s present.
What counts is not so much whether a person actually achieves what they set out to do; rather it matters whether efforts has been expended to reach the goal, instead of being diffused or wasted.* Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
There’s something I must do. I may tell myself that I can’t do this, or I don’t have a choice, and for a little while I’ve let myself off the hook and I feel more comfortable, but there are some things that won’t go away, and now here it is again.
When one is at home in oneself, one is integrated and enjoys a sense of balance and poise. In a sense that is exactly what spirituality is: the art of homecoming.* John O’Donohue
Living in accordance with ours values is never finished; it is a lifelong journey.** Steven Hayes
Harry Potter knew that he could produce and maintain a powerful Patronus charm to save himself and his godfather Sirius Black from the dementors because he’d already produced one.^ We may not be able to play with time in the way Harry and Hermione Grainger were able to; We have something better: We can spend some time exploring our talents, energies and values – Which are our home – Producing a smorgasbord of experiences and expressions that we can zoom with, which is to produce even more of: those who know hot to transform a hopeless situation in to a new flow activity that can be controlled will be able too enjoy themselves, and emerge stronger from the ordeal.^
tiffle to potter aimlessly in a landscape Suffolk* Robert Macfarlane
A life sincerely followed is always surprising and always leads you into places you did not feel you could either enter or the you could deserve. And part of the ability to hold the science as we move and as we tiptoe, or walk or take our pilgrim path from one epoch of our lives to anther is our ability to not name things too early and to allow yourself to be surprised as to where you’ve arrived.** David Whyte
When stuck, tiffle. Wander through a larger landscape. A story is larger than a day-to-day-life: A novel examines not reality but existence. And existence is not what has occurred, existence is the realm of human possibilities, everything that man can become, everything he’s capable of.^ The confinements of a day-to-day-life don’t allow time or energy for exploration. But listen, your story is calling you.
Creativity doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.* Seth Godin
The Neighbour as a Stranger bears on the mundane realm of the city. Awareness of, encounters with, addressing others unlike oneself – all constitute the ethics which civilises. Indifference to strangers, because they are incomprehensibly strange, degrades the ethical character of the city.** Richard Sennett
Our greatest achievements will be those accomplished together, Indeed they may well be our being together: Variation is the life of prose, in length and in structure^ – This is true of human life as well as our writings. And whilst an important human trait is our individual desire to grow and develop, yet the truly improved self show itself in its interactions with others.^^ We have a saying: “They are so into themself,” But this is ego-waylaid improvement, and life-in-all-its-fullness is discovered when we are out of ourselves and into others.
Ultimately, the goal is to become the best in the world at being you. To bring useful idiosyncrasy to the people you seek to change, and to earn a reputation for what you do and how you do it. The peculiar version of you, your assertions, your art.* Seth Godin
We tend to write about the things that matter most to us, the things we wish to learn more about. I have always wanted to improve, to understand more deeply what self-improvement entails.** Anna Katharina Schaffner
I sometimes wish I could do what others do, And I become disheartened, deflated, But when I keep focusing on what I love, I realise I’d make a rubbish someone else, and, at the same time, Miss out on being an ebullient me, and encourage you to be you.
The challenge then is to have one superpower. All out of balance to the rest of your being. If, over time, you develop a few more, that’s fine. Begin with one.* Seth Godin
We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.** Henry David Thoreau
The early Jesuit novitiates disappeared for thirty days to explore the shape of their calling, Returning with what they believed to be the most important thing in the world to give themselves to. During this time, they were paying attention in order to notice their superpower. It may not be an intense thirty days, but deep attention to our abilities and energies and values is something we all can do, And, when we notice one and begin to use it, There’ll be more to follow. Or course, we may still be in denial, claiming that we have no superpower, So I’ll keep turning up here, every day, to remind you that you do and that the world needs you.
Our negativity bias is part of why we often overlook moments of awe – our brain is so busy trying to help us survive that it overlooks potential sources of awe.* Jonah Paquette
Inspiration far more often comes during the work than before it, because the largest part of the job of the artist is to listen to the work and to go where it tell him to go.** Madeleine L’Engle
I wonder if the driver who swerved out and overtook me at speed on Saturday morning in their white Range Rover Evoque happened to notice the dawn sky, big and painted extravagantly in oranges and salmons and turquoises and golds and reds and lilacs and purples? Yet, I know I can miss what’s all around me in way of possibilities and opportunities because I am so focused on the task in hand or the difficulties and problems, Like getting old and running out of time, but, If I lift my head up, And the game isn’t over yet.