The challenge is to keep doing something different, something harder and scarier in every way than the thing you did before … to do something more difficult each time.*
Now all that is needed is more. More time. More cycles, more bravery,, more process. More of you. Much more of your idiosyncrasy, more genre, more seeing, more generosity. More learning.**
I don’t want less as I grow older. I want more.
The opposite is boredom, as Raph Koster defines here:
Boredom is the opposite of learning. When a game stops teaching us, we feel bored. Boredom is the brain causing about for new information. It is the feeling you get when there are no visible patterns to absorb.^
We’re not meant to give in to boredom. It’s something to push against. If we don’t, Nassim Taleb’s warning is pertinent:
Decline starts with the replacement of dreams with memories and ends with the replacement of memories with other memories.^^
It’s not that I want more for myself. I want more for you and others.
I enjoyed reading the Book of Acts account this morning of people’s experience of the Holy Spirit:
No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.*^
It’s not in certain places with a few people, though some people would prefer it this way.
No, it’s everywhere and everyone, including you.
Time to bring your more.
Here’s a soundtrack to get going.
*Francine Prose, quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog: Stepping into the portal;
**From Seth Godin’s The Practice;
^Raph Koster, quoted in Austin Kleon’s blog: Stepping into the portal;
^^From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes;