Are we open to development?

On a walk in development we consider questions from three perspectives: our own development, those around us and the wider world.

This week I went for a walk to consider: are we open to development?

If you’d like to explore this too I suggest we:

Reflect on what makes us Who I am?

Present examples of How we interact?

Analyse: What impact we will have?

Then seek a creative alignment and identify a next step on our journey.

Do keep hold of your thoughts – or share them with me  or your peers.

This helps us explore our development frameworks and build up resources for future development.

(you can see how I got on here)

We are guests.

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?

Here’s the wonderful Tom McCarthaigh talking about the moment he realised he is an artist   a moment from this Walk in Development.

What are your starting points?

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.

“it’s who I am”

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’


Walking alongside each other

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?