How do you grow?
In February 2005 George O’Kelley taught me “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Mostly I focused this outward viewing others and their actions but recently realized my lack of change.
My comfort zone has been reading the same types of books. Really I had not realized the depth of things until I read The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I have changed and grown mightily through reading yet now realize I have really not achieved escape velocity.
Has my growth been stymied? Have I been comfortable in my learning/growth and perhaps even proud?
Like in an old movie fight scene; my head was rocked. I was accepting the status quo by doing what I had always done. My comfort zone evaporated. Would I patch it up and continue the status quo? Afraid not.
Walking outside my comfort zone bears out the the truth Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. proclaimed; “Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
I am stretching.
Life is whole not separation.
Life is the whole thing. What I do, who I am being, what I love, where I live/work/play, why I take action.
Taken as a whole life is simple. Put forth your best effort in each adventure while you strive to highlight the truth. This is your simple life. Not saying it is easy but I will not go back to torn apart. Life in separate compartments can be hard as you grope to maintain the distinction between home/work/play.
How do you live life?
Be quiet and see what you learn.
You are made for today. Today is your birthright to claim. Today sets up your beautiful tomorrow for ever and ever.
Stay with me here and you will understand this deeper.
Most of us are waiting for “some day” to arrive. We say; “When I graduate, When I make more money, When the kids are gone, When. . .”
Are you ready? Here is the deeper understanding for us to stop waiting for life to begin.
“My answer is to redefine the question. Not only do we have to be good at waiting, we have to love it. Because waiting is not waiting, it is life. Too many of us live without fully engaging our minds, waiting for that moment when our real lives begin. Years pass in boredom, but that is okay because when our true love comes around, or we discover our real calling, we will begin. Of course the sad truth is that if we are not present to the moment, our true love could come and go and we wouldn’t even notice. And we will have become someone other than the you or I who would be able to embrace it. I believe an appreciation for simplicity, the everyday-the ability to dive deeply into the banal and discover life’s hidden richness-is where success, let alone happiness, emerges.” (The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin)
The wait is over.
The wonder of a child is refreshing and gives us a pattern to which we can return. The sad part is having lost the wonder, the curiosity. Pablo Picasso had it right when he said; “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
When did your artist leave? Mine departed at a very early age but is being welcomed back through reading. Artist is a metaphor for the ‘wonder of a child’ kind-of-life with limitless possibilities. You are free to claim your ‘wonder of a child’ life.
I am gleaning nuggets in How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael J. Gleb. Here is one great nugget from Michael that we can cash in for profit; “You can increase your problem-solving skills, at work and at home, by honing your questioning-asking ability.” Think about questions from a child. Tap into that wonder, see with fresh eyes, ask why, ask why not.
“Just as iron rusts from disuse, and stagnant water putrefies, or when cold turns to ice, so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.” Leonardo da Vinci