walk a mile in my shoes

Bernadette Jiwa writes about how a hunch for an entrepreneur is a combination of curiosity, empathy, and imagination.

The important thing to notice is that each of these can be grown … though never in a hurry.

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people who were no smarter than you.”*

(*Steve Jobs, quoted in Bernadette Jiwa’s Hunch.)


interactions and distractions

I don’t mean truth is what we make it.

Nor that there aren’t truths that affect everyone and everything.

I do think there’s a lot more truth to discover yet.

And a lot more truth to create together.

We are made for truth.

We just give up on it too soon, distracted by easier things.

Here are a couple of thoughts I read this mornin – encouragement to keep exploring truth:

‘Ignore distractions – and distractors.*

‘Every time I see a toddler in a [buggy] with an internet device in hand, I shudder.’**

And here’s a little more from someone who living a hundred years ago:

‘And the point is to live everything.  Live the questions now.’^

(*From gapingvoid’s blog: Make yourself irreplaceable.)
(**From Sth Godin’s blog: Seeing and believing.)
(^Rainer Maria Rilke, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)

we are the seasons

At the close of his book Dance for Two, Alan Lightman writes:

‘The earth wobbled imperceptibly on its axis, as bits of cosmic debris randomly bombarded it from space.  One such piece of debris, billions of years in the past, had struck with unusual force and cocked the planet over, producing a tilt of twenty three degrees, producing uneven heating as the earth orbited the sun, producing the seasons.”*

We are seasonal people, the product of our world.  Sometimes it’s summer, other times winter – this is our story.  And through the seasons we produce our stories.  Anne Lamott’s honesty more than reminds me of the reality of our seasonality.  She writes:

‘We’d prefer routine, predictability, to never be ashamed or afraid, let alone aghast. […] In lovely closed systems, timers are set: tick, tick, tick.’**

Though life becomes longer it also becomes emptier.

(*From Alan Lightman’s Dance for Two.)
(**From Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway.)

opportunities and ideas

We’re always having ideas.

Our capacity to turn ideas into reality is now creating a glut of products.  What Bernadette refers to as ‘solutions in search of problems.’*

There are also those ideas that respond to ‘problems begging for a solution.’*

As i said, we’re always having ideas.

(*From Bernadette Jiwa’s Hunch.)

if our lives were maps

It used to be that mapmakers filled in all the spaces on maps as if they knew what was there – with all kinds of rubbish.  They didn’t know.

When they began to leave blank spaces they were really saying “We have no idea but we’re going to find out.”

I wonder if it’s the same with our lives, admitting we don’t know everything opening up new worlds of possibility?