“I know a place where dreams are born and time is never planned. It’s not on any chart. You must find it with your heart.” -Never Never Land
There are two ways to make discoveries.
One is practical. The other is playful.
The practical mode is when we look for things in the places where we expect to find them.
The playful mode is when we explore those spaces that offer nothing to our agendas other than an opportunity to see what happens.
When the practical-minded seeker looks for something, the emphasis is on the object being sought.
When the playful-minded seeker looks for something, the emphasis is on the act of looking itself.
Life necessitates that we all play the role of practical-minded seeker.
It’s the playing around stuff that gives us trouble.
Everybody understands, accepts, and encourages the person who feels compelled to “get it done.”
But if one is not careful of the company he keeps when he dares to play, he might find himself in a great deal of trouble.
Here’s today’s two cents:
Wasting time is bad for business, but refusing to play is an even deadlier game.
When we ONLY allow ourselves to do those things that have a measurable payoff, we experience the universe as a place that gives us no permission to venture out beyond precedence.
We become automatons in a mechanical world rather than cultivators of an organic universe.
Sacrificing our insistence that all activities come with pragmatic justification is the price we must pay to make interesting discoveries and lead interesting lives.
I’ll end where I began…
lyrics from the song Never Never Land by Kurt Elling:
“My friends, everyday we live our everyday lives. We go to our everyday work, return to our everyday homes, and drink from the everyday cup, but we never allow ourselves to enter into the extraordinary places in our minds, in our hearts. I ask you, my friends; How do you think a book is written? How do you think a song is born? How do you think a race is won? How do you think the world gets started? If a little daydreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream LESS, but to dream MORE…to DREAM ALL THE TIME!!”