The path forward is about curiosity, generosity and connection. These are the three foundations of [your] art.*
Genuine self-knowledge has to be the starting point for any attempt to improve ourselves.**
Anna Katharina Schaffner
Forty seven years ago today, I started out on what
turned out to not only be a path of self discovery but also
the contribution I want to make for the sake of others.
At least this is the hope that keeps me
Seth Godin’s three path characteristics are useful intertwining elements for reflection and action:
Make and contribute more,
Find and collaborate with others along the way.
Robin Wall Kimmerer tells the story of “three sisters”:
Corn, bean and squash;
Planted together, the corn grows fastest, reaching upwards,
Providing the bean with support to grow vertically too,
The squash grows last putting our her leaves horizontally,
Retaining moisture in for all to grow.^
Just as organic are our three sisters of
curiosity, generosity and deeper connection.
*Seth Godin’s The Practice; my insertion;
**Anna Katharina Schaffner’s The Art of Self Improvement;
^Robin Wall Kimerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass.