I walk on stage and it’s time to perform. The audience expects that i know what I’m doing, and show them. This is all correct. However, on a macro level, this heightens the value of confidence and familiarity while diminishing the value of questioning and surprise discovery. It becomes more important to be well rehearsed than open to possibilities.
The more “professional” opportunities I embark on, the more I miss the questioning that leads to learning, and the moments of discovery.
Creativity mandates a time and space for questioning and discovery. It is the beginner’s mind – curious, open, questioning – that plays well in that space. It is in the disposition of the beginner that the next bit of information is freely offered, understanding and knowledge easily engendered, and wisdom faithfully cultivated for the next step in the journey.