Remarkable fools never get lost
There are only two ways to go
One of the most onederful things about being a Remarkable Fool is that we know what mime’s know. With this knowledge, we’re never lost.
As we explored yesterday, everything is movement.
Movement means that something is going. If something is going, the something is going somewhere. That somewhere, where the something is headed, is its direction. Movement means that whatever is moving is moving in a specific direction. Are you with me? Is this path clear at all?
There are only two things that provide direction: We either move towards something / someone or away from something someone.
Each of us is born with two contradictory sets of instructions. A conservative tendency, made up of instincts for self preservation, self aggrandizement and saving energy, and an expansive tendency, made up of instincts for exploring, for enjoying novelty and risk.1
We move forward with curiosity. We move forward with desire. We move forward with anger when we attack. We move backward when we are repulsed. We move backward when we are afraid. We move towards what we want. We move away from what we don’t want.
Given this, how do you imagine you move either physically or metaphorically when you defend yourself?
Every action we execute moves in one of these two primary directions: towards something we are seeking to engage with or away from something we do not want to encounter.
Here’s today’s exercise / mental game / playful little thought game to engage with2
When you encounter new information today - whether a text message from a partner or a sound while outside, notice what you physically do. Are you moving towards this new information to engage with it, or are you attempting to move away from it, turn it off or block it our. Physicalize the action for increased clarity.3
How often are you moving towards something, opening, exploring and enjoying novelty and risk?
When do you turn away, hold back and engage in self supporting, inward, withdrawing behaviors and thoughts that help keep you safe?
What was this like for you?
What did you notice?
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly, Creativity: the psychology of discovery and invention
What would you call these ‘suggestions?’ Reply to this email or leave a message in the comments. Let me know.
For bonus points, put on black leotards, record video of you doing this in the black leotards. Label the video ‘interpretive dance’. Instant retirement. Interpretive dancers make a killing and never ever work in restaurants. Ever.