Be still this weekend
Poets through the ages chide us to be still and to relax into who we are. They also tell us to stop worrying about who we are and pay attention to the world.
English doesn’t help us describe our relationship with the world
English is a sorry language. It doesn’t help us describe the space between us and the world. It is the language you know; not us. We address a place as 203 Queensway, for example. I haven’t been to Japan, but I understand they think more about space between things and name whole blocks rather than streets.
English is a functional language, though.
It is good at saying how.
I have a database set up with goals that I list by category and time span. I can look at my career goals for the next 5, 10, 15 years. And I can look at my recreational goals for the same time period. And so on.
You can find the basic idea on Mindtools and run up a copy in Microsoft Access.
Well for that matter, you could use envelopes and cut niches out the top to show the category and niches down one side to show the time span. Use a pencil and rubber and you have exactly the same system for a dollar and a pleasant peaceful afternoon thinking.
My point is this. Play with the wording of your goals until they fit more into the space between you and the world. Hit the spot where “your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meets”.
You’ll know. Your heart will tell you. You’ll feel it spring awake and smile. Mine did.