But first we have to believe. That’s the hard part.
When writers write outrageous things. Or when inventors build unheard of things, were they ahead of their time? And if they were, did we know it then, or was it only in the fullness of time that we can see, can say, they were right?
But were they really? Or was it a happy accident for them (and for the current holders of their copyrights and patents) that in hindsight we acknowledge their insight, their innovation and their imagination, as opposed to hearing how everyone agreed they were just plainly wrong?
Imagine, if I wrote something you’ve never heard – stating some point of view or phrase-turning you’ve never heard, would you believe it? Do we need a trusting source to make something believable, or do we need the logic too? What I mean is, ‘do we have to see something in today’s context – the context we know, for something or someone to be believed?
Or can we trust our imagination?
If we can trust our imagination, why not trust someone else’s?
We waste too much time sorting everything by whether it fits our norms, our viewpoint, our sense if right/wrong, fair, logical, plausible. If we can’t imagine the unlikely, the unheard of or the illogical – then we can’t imagine and dream.
I have no resolutions for this year, just solutions. I’ll solve some problems that exist. And some that don’t. And some that might never be.
P.S.: I cannot imagine better times – anytime, anywhere – than this time spent here with you. And you. And you. Spread all over this planet. Thank you for being my readers, friends – and strangers too, so many of you. Your interest, support and feedback inspire me to keep going, to keep trying new things which stretch me. For those who’ve been around a long while or from the beginning (soon it will be 13 full years) may appreciate a milestone coming up. On January 15th I’ll have reached 5000 consecutive daily columns. Stay tuned for that day’s column. When I wrote the first one I didn’t imagine a 2nd. When I wrote the 2nd or 3rd .. I didn’t have a clue what it was or where it would go – no clue it would be transformative, that it would alter the direction of my life. Resolutions have almost always failed for me because the presume to know an outcome based on a decision, or writing something down. In my experience, real changes in life happen for different reasons. I have an appetite for changes it will more likely be satisfied by trying new things with wide-eyed open minded enthusiasm, or nail-biting fears, without rules or lists of must-dos. I’ll just do. Happy New Year!
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -6C/22F (slush underfoot suggests its warmer already), steady breeze, Gusta and I came around a corner and interrupted a rabbit convention – otherwise an uneventful walk under a ½ moon and a few stars, returned for eggs-benny breakfast well before first sunrise of the year …
Happy New Year, Mark...Open Hands is nicely written and a warm reminder of how we view the world within and without. Such a difference between the two philosophies of Scarcity and Abundance. My mother-in-law, since passed, was the best example in action. She was very poor and yet was very generous. She was very much 'the heart and the wisdom' of her clan; in spite of being married to a very difficult man. He worked hard, which was impressive and yet he was not a gracious liver of live. Selfish, demanding... Oh well; she definitely made up for his limitations and was not bitter in anyway. I guess she knew, even back then, innately what most of us have to read to know. Anyway, thanks again for your musings..., SF, Lethbridge, AB
Thank you, this was a lovely perspective to start a new year. Abundance vs. scarcity, love vs. fear, the choice is up to US. I want to remind readers that we are all TRILLIONNAIRES!!!! yes, wrap you head around that one. Yes each one of us human beings are owners of an awesome trillion some celled body. It is a miracle(well hard to understand deeply) that with each breath about 20/minute of our daily existence these amazing cells of our lungs convert the Co2 into the much needed O2 to keep us alive. That is only a glimpse of this amazing body that we live in. Abundance yes, we have a lot to be thankful for. May 2016 bring much health and happiness to all, JLB, Canmore, AB