Sometimes we walk on empty.
We may walk for miles and notice very little. Perhaps, as this morning, a bunch of buttercups standing tall on a bank or a squirrel running up to its dray, and even these moments are observed and not really registered.
Yet they can create a calm, a preparation for later when even the creak of a door or the falling of dry eucalyptus leaves onto a table draw our attention in to the moment and we see that the tree’s gently swaying boughs, dappled light and shaded bows have a meaning all their own.
And then there is the simple, unexpected moment of realisation – that we are guests, passing visitors in this world – which prompts the following musings:
We are guests
Passing through a world
That is old beyond understanding
We have no right to the whole story
We’ve not the time to hear it
Instead we are offered
Mere glimpses of truth
Each one of life’s moments
Holds more than we can process
Whilst we may weave them into stories
We do well to remember
That we act only
On imperfect knowledge
And the stories we tell
Are never as rich
As those we are told.
Have you had a moment of realisation? Can you describe it?
This question can help us into development (which, I suppose, is my starting point. I want to be in development and encourage others to do the same).
Reflect on your own starting points and of those around you
Present examples of the moments that matter to each of you,
Consider how understanding these moments can help our development.
Last year I walked with someone who had a decision to make. After we’d walked for a while she turned to me and said “I’m going to do it Dave because that’s who I am, but you knew that didn’t you?”
It makes me smile when I reflect on that moment as it says a lot about why I like ‘walks in development’
We can use this question to align our creative practice, to inform how we will interact with others.
Reflect: what does it mean to walk alongside someone?
Present: can you find examples of the ways we can interact with others?
Analyse: what works for you?
Respond: What is your next step?
This is Our Moment is a rolling programme of authentic creative development and a long-term commitment to sustainable social change. If you would like to find out what happens if we keep putting one foot in front of the other read on…