Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Allowing that which is already present to reveal itself

Michelangelo said that every block of stone has a statue inside of it, and that it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. 

The operative word, of course, is discover

Not create or build or invent or make from scratch, but discover. 

To chip away and allow that which is already present to reveal itself. 

It’s a counterintuitive approach that takes some getting used to, but once you train yourself to think this way, solving problems becomes dramatically easier and a lot more interesting. 

When my wife and relocated across the country to new city where we didn’t know a soul, finding centers of belonging and incorporating ourselves into the community was number one on the list. 

But it took time. And the road was paved with ruptures and repairs along the way. Especially in that first year. 

We reminisce about friends and relationships and communities that we were convinced would cement our sense of belonging, but ended up being social misfires. It was highly disappointing. 

Of course, that was back when our social antennas were only calibrated to pick up the signals we expected to find. But once we started inverting our approach to the problem, once we realized that you never create community, you only discover the one you had the whole time, everything changed. 

We began to chip away at the stone and revealed the sculpture that was waiting for us. And soon enough, we noticed friends and colleagues and acquaintances and kindred spirits that were right in front of our noses. 

If you can’t find the community you need, love the one you’re near. 

Remember, you never start with nothing. 

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