O is for Opportunity without the need to strive
Originally published 4 March 2018
I don't know about you, but even the word "opportunity"—once loaded with implicit hope—now brings with it a sense of fatigue. This is often compounded by our sense that the world is both better off than we think and worse off than we imagine. We are awash in opportunities and weary from our striving. What if there was a better way? I have been returning to some old classics to explore that question.
One thing I quickly realized was that it was not about more information, a trapping of our consumerist culture. Rather, it seems to require a re-orientation of our personal and collective compass. One resource I've found helpful is a fascinating new book by William Martin called, "The Activist's Tao Te Ching". He has spent the past forty years studying this ancient text of wisdom, and offers a fresh and timely interpretation. He writes:
We don't know what the future looks like.
Transformation will surprise us with its form.
If we knew what it would look like,
our vision would be limited
and our efforts would be futile.
We act in service to the formless Tao,
not to the forms and functions of our restless minds.
So we let the tensions recede,
our bodies relax,
and our minds open
to the future.
It is an invitation to be of the highest service in any moment or encounter. It is about connecting more deeply as the world seems to fracture more quickly. It is about sensing patterns not staring at pixels. It is beyond hope and fear, each of which is fed by our illusion of control. It mirrors the work of my friend Gregory Kramer who invites us to pause, relax and open. Where will transformation surprise you today? Where can you nourish its potential? I will share more reflections on this book in the weeks ahead . . .
If you want to spend time with others like you who are seeking new ways of living and working, I invite you to come to one of our retreats. They are designed for practitioners who are ready to leave behind an old narrative and step fully into what is calling them in their life or work. The retreats lead into our new mastermind groups for practitioners who work with people at thresholds of change. These times call for a new level of maturity and mastery. Interested?