Ripples #1142: What’s Next?

PEBBLE

There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
-Jawaharlal Nehru, shared by Pablo in Fort Myers, FL

BOULDER

Perhaps the key is realizing that we are not going to finally get to some stable place of having it all figured out. Throughout our lives we will go through the processes of opening to new information, integrating it, and stabilizing our worldview. No sooner will we have reached some kind of stability than it will be time to open again to new information, which is inherently destabilizing. If we see ourselves as surfers riding the incoming waves of information and inspiration, always open and willing to attune ourselves to the next shift, we will see how blessed we are to have this opportunity to play on the waves and, most of all, to enjoy the ride.
-Madisyn Taylor, shared by René in Hayward, CA via DailyOM

PONDER

As we continue moving our way through this global pandemic, we’re inching closer to the time when we’ll want answers to a question many of us have been pondering: WHAT’S NEXT?

Whether you’re thinking about yourself, your workplace, or your friends/family/community, there are so many questions swirling about: Is it time? Is it safe? Will things ever feel normal again?

The answers to these questions are unfortunately and understandably vague: IT DEPENDS! It depends on lots of factors that will need to be pondered, discussed, researched, revised and then pondered some more. As organizations have begun reaching out to me for work retreats, staff trainings and college orientations in the coming months, they seem eager to help themselves and their teams figure out WHAT’S NEXT.

For today and for now, I’m curious if there is something more valuable and more useful than a rapid scurry to identify what should be next. What if we paused and set aside some time to dream about and discuss what could be next? I believe we’ll build a much better future if we first dust off the best of the good old days, then extract some of the helpful learnings from this tumultuous year, and also dare ourselves to vividly imagine the future possibilities that might exist for ourselves and each other.

Are you in?

Peace,
Paul

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