In a new conversation I found myself listening with interest. While there was much that I agreed with, there was also more. Even after a few days reflection, while I am not sure I could precisely describe “more”, I know it is there. We agreed on the core fundamentals. This provided a platform for throwing out ideas on how we could make it real. The twenty minutes I had allocated for the conversation expanded past forty-five. I am already anticipating the next conversation. There is so much that we could do with what we agree on.
As excited as I am, I also know that this is a path we have not begun. There will be more listening and sharing before we consider the potential path. It would be easy to assume, but whatever I might imagine is pure fiction.
Reaching conclusions is something that comes naturally. At a minimum, we take leading indicators, experiences, and assumptions to draw our answers. In fairness to others as well as our inner self, conclusions are not helpful. Life is a process not a destination.
It is ironic that in our quest for destination, we use presumptions as proxies for data, conjecture as a substitution for facts, and hearsay as equal to evidence. A wisdom father noted that he “would rather not see you [us] inflating or deflating reputations based on mere hearsay.” (1 Corinthians 4.6b) It is a warning that goes beyond our view of others. It extends into the present and how we view the moment at hand.
Will I let the uncertainties of the moment dictate my response, or will I act on principles?
Can I release myself into the unknown, acting within my freedom to make a difference?
Do I let life’s process unfold or rush to a destination?
My advice, to you and more to myself, is to patiently let life unfold as it will. Being ready to respond to the moment at hand is our most important assignment. It is in being present, open and ready for what is, that we come alive.