Over the years, I have discovered that the process of self-discovery might be fun, yet often it is also frustrating, slow, and problematic. Far too often, I find myself never finding the insights I thought were there for discovery. This insight only comes when I spend time with a master. The master knows and is often very willing to share. His or her joy comes through and in my discovery. It is an amazing experience. As I am open, as others are willing to share, everyone finds his or her own reward, insight, and awareness.
When I think of the creative process with wood, I find myself turning to the memories created by the masters of the craft. Their insights and willingness to share continues to enrich my efforts. When I reach for my camera, trying to capture imagines in my mind, I can hear the voices of those who have shared their steps with me. Their words, experiences, and journeys strengthen my own. When I write or review a business plan, it is the questions others have and continue to present that continue to stretch my horizons. They allow me to see beyond the immediate to the possible. My efforts are greater because of community and friends.
The opportunity I have is not unique. Everyone can benefit from the community’s experiences, insights, and journeys. The process requires that you and I are open to what might be possible. It also means we must weigh, measure, and in the end be accountable for what we take from the process.
Imagine a world where everyone shared, listened to learn (dialogued), and worked together. When God says that that “I told Zion all about this beforehand. I gave Jerusalem a preacher of good news. But around here there's no one—no one who knows what's going on. I ask, but no one can tell me the score. Nothing here. It's all smoke and hot air—sham gods, hollow gods, no-gods.” (Isaiah 41.27-29) It is an invitation for us in making a difference. We can engage – discovering and sharing.
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