Act 172

Allow events to change you

When I’m on a mission (like I am with this blog) or my destination is set (like the demise of my debt), sometimes I resist the opportunity to discover something new.

Today, at the conference I attended, the key note speaker was Richard Evans, a leading thinker and innovation advocate for the arts.

His presentation was transformative. And as a result, I am transformed. He spoke to many things, the most impactful for me was the idea that we are in a time of interdependence and as such, must, as Charlie Leadbeater states, focus on moving from a to & for model to a by & with model. These are indeed exciting times for social change and the proper attitude shift can improve the ability to deal with complex change.

He ended his presentation with Wendell Berry’s poem entitled The Real Work. I don’t think I’ll ever be the same again. The real work begins.

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.