"Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present." -- Albert Camus
The just-ended Democratic Convention spoke often and passionately about Hope and it reminded me of some of Margaret Wheatley’s comments in her book turning to one another, simple conversations to restore hope to the future.
Early in the book, Meg lists some of the beliefs that motivate her actions. They include ...
-- People are the solution to the problems that confront us. Technology is not the solution, although it can help.
-- Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation.
-- We humans want to be together. We only isolate ourselves when we’re hurt by others, but alone is not our natural state. Today, we live in an unnatural state -- separating ourselves rather than being together.
-- We become hopeful when somebody tells the truth. I don’t know why this is, but I experience it often.
--Truly connecting with another human being gives us joy.
-- We have to slow down. Nothing will change for the better until we do. We need time to think, to learn, to get to know each other. We are losing these great human capacities in the speed-up of modern life, and it is killing us.
--The cure for despair is not hope. It’s discovering what we want to do about something we care about.
Meg states that "we’ve forgotten the source of true contentment and well-being" and that the "yearning for community" is worldwide. She urges us to start talking to each other about what we care about ... to enter into conversation.
"Conversation, however," she states "takes time. We need time to sit together, to listen, to worry and dream together. As this age of turmoil tears us apart, we need time to be together. Otherwise, we cannot stop the fragmentation.'
Meg offers us a great question that I thought we might use as this week’s thought stimulator. Having an online conversation is not the same as sitting around a campfire or in someone’s living room but it does give us a chance to hear from people around the world that we might not hear from otherwise. So, I invite you to respond to Meg’s question ... and listen to the responses that are shared. When you respond, please tell us where you are in the world so we can appreciate the diverse perspectives being shared.
Here’s the question:
"What can we do now to restore hope to the future?"
Please respond in the comments section below. And, this week, take time to have a real conversation with someone. Give yourself the gift of time so that you can truly listen to what someone you care about is saying.
Have a very SLOW and joyful week.