Naïveté: The Secret Door

art and fiber art by Kanta Bosniak

I’m enjoying Eli Stone, a series which beautifully (and funnily) depicts a corporate lawyer reclaiming his moral compass, spirituality, innocence, and joy. Jesus said we need to change, and become as children to enter the kingdom of heaven and he also told us that kingdom is within us. That sense of wonder. That profound appreciation for life. That quality of deep whole hearted love. That openness to exploring life. One way to paraphrase in modern terms: “Ditch the cynicism, if you want to be happy, because bitterness blocks that path.”

Conan O’Brian said “Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism. For the record, it’s my least favorite quality. It doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

Bucky Fuller put it like this; “Dare to be naiive.” I love that. It takes courage to work really hard, not knowing EXACTLY how the “amazing things will happen,” but trusting that they will, having a sense of graitude in advance and an amused curiosity about the creative shenigans of the universe, which seems to specialize in opening door number 3 while you are busy looking at doors 1 and 2. Or door number 4, which you didn’t even know was there, because it was a secret portal, hidden concealed behind a bookcase in the library.

In my intake form for work with clients, I always ask them not only what they want to accomplish, but why is now the time, and what was their secondary gain for having not tackled it until now. What was the payoff for not having done it so far? Did they prefer invisibilty and muteness so they could avoid potential criticsm? Whatever the old contract was, it’s got to be voided. Because that shadow thing of holding onto the bad old bad because then you get to blame life, blame, others, or circumstances… that bitterness and cynicism has to go. It blocks your path. You cannot simultaneously prepare to fail and prepare to succeed. May you dare to be naiive. And may amazing things happen for you

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