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#LentVoices Sacrificing

Updated: Mar 22

“... if it dies, it produces many seeds.”


As an entrepreneur, a creative, an innovator by nature, it’s not unusual to have to watch another person take your idea, structure it, multiply it and monetise it... and then get all the praise and all the credit... There are also times when a great deal of energy is expended in an idea only to see it collapse almost immediately.


Joseph Schumpeter, the economist compared changing cultures and markets to the ‘adaptive zones’ that emerge during times of biological change. These times in between times are spaces where many things flourish, some gain a foothold, some mutate and many, if not most die. But they are not wasted experiments! They are a part of what makes the whole and the good, which cannot blossom without the process.

For the creative both of these experiences are very real and they both hurt! But they are part of what makes change happen. Without the space for risky innovation the bell curve of the Technology Adoption Lifecycle would be as flat as the Norfolk broads! But, this fact doesn’t make it any less painful! Learning to endure the pain of letting go is part of what it is to be a creative, letting go of ideas that we have fallen in love with, but which are not right or at least not right for now, and letting go of ideas which others can take to the next level... even if it means we are thought of as failures, or not even thought of at all!


Do everything with a mind that lets go.

If you let go a little, you will have a little peace.

If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.

If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom.

Achaan Chah




Icarus

Icarus was a fool,

Who would not learn or listen.

They tried to teach him properly,

To never fly too high,

to play within the lines,

To keep to the boundaries,

know where the danger lies.

To stay in the safety zone,

and not exceed his limits.

“Don’t reach too high,

or push beyond the edge”, they cried.

But Icarus the fool refused

He flew on wings of wax,

And sought the sun.

He risked the greatest fall of all.

To fly so high and then to die.

Does that make Icarus a fool?


#LentVoices - Facebook and Linkedin We are a diverse group of Christian freelancers who have collaborated to curate daily reflections during Lent. Each week will have a theme, explored 6 different ways on 6 days. Andy Campbell – Coach, Trainer, Artist, Poet and occasional square peg. Andy helps people work out who they are, and what their next step might be. https://qawah.co.uk James Fox Robinson – Creative, 3rd Order Franciscan, Dreamer, Professional Nuisance. James is passionate about curating spaces for people to engage with God’s story, physically and digitally. www.jamesfoxrobinson.blog https://bit.ly/3akNVzR Lucie Hutson – teacher and learner, created and creator, speaker and pioneer. Lucie is passionate about helping people to wander and wonder in the world around us. www.muddychurch.co.uk Hasna Khatun – Ordained Pioneer Minister in the C of E. Teacher and Professional Actor/Presenter/Voiceover. Hasna lives to eat and laugh sparingly… She’d like to write an alternative script for Barbie, Ken and Cindy and adores the people who don’t fit in. www.linkedin.com/in/hasna-khatun-b0941b204/ Sally Nash – Author, Researcher, Educator, Priest, Mentor, Spiritual Accompanier. Sally is passionate about helping people fulfil their potential and make a bigger difference in their world. www.sallynash.co.uk Mark Berry – Pioneer, Teacher, Speaker and Poet. Mark helps groups and individuals break boundaries, engage with culture and grow community. https://www.mark-berry.co.uk/ https://picturapoesis.blog/

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