Reading people, like book reading – depends where you start, where you finish, which chapters you explore, which ones you skip …
What did I learn?
When did I learn it?
Taking their pulse. My own too.
Between stops – calls/e-mails – mostly my day focused on three people, three stories. Three viewers of this world. I met them yesterday – interesting interviews (for upcoming issues of FACILITYCalgary), two men, one woman. Whole day of meetings, exploring what makes them tick.
Everyone’s story, more than telling, personality and viewpoint. Impact there – theirs on their world, on mine, on readers …
What does it all mean?
What is their meaning, meaningfulness and value?
What does that mean – meaning of things? Meaning of life as Frankl sought, as great philosophers thought, or as we live life?
I talk and ask about meaning – changing-up language of questions, always curious to extract gems from the cracks …
Perverse, maybe, looking into someone’s answers in search of my own.
Depth, breadth of meaning. Not generic, formulaic or Webster-defined. Meaning is value, and in values we find measuring tools as much as we find values.
Deep inside, we have to.
Like an ember that needs fanning. Go easy, like using fireplace bellows, strong steady whispers do mostly good because too much, too soon, blows out potential flames – a bit like people and romance, where a soft whisper and gentle breeze go further than does resilience in a downpour driven by gale-force winds.
Yet, we want that wet wind in our faces, don’t we?
Tests, adversity, challenge and climbs in an uphill direction …
What do I know?
When will I know it?
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: 12C/54F, mostly clear, cool breeze – Gusta trotting smoothly, me too, all joints working! There were people on our regular path – a couple walking slow, holding hands – didn’t want to disturb them so we went another way and it was just as fine. Saw a cat, never mind it was just a cat not bothering us so we didn’t bother either …
Yes politics is a board game and it seems we’ve lost the ability to affect the players. Without living it one does wonder why a nation or group would accept war, and all it brings, over at least a negotiated peace, even for many generations, LH, ?
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