Johan Marais-Piper


O Captain, my Captain.

Just watched Dead Poet’s Society, amazing..

Man I love a good story. They’re like a meticulously wrapped Christmas present. Full of mystery and crisp around the edges. Did you know that we all look at the world around us through the lens of a narrative (if you didn’t know, now you know). It’s how humans make sense of the chaos that is our life. We live our days through a series of causes and effects, often laden extra thick with sweet sticky layers of meaning. .

I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life… to put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Great stories are about change. Our story telling brain loves this shit, absolutely frothing for it. Every scene in a good movie or chapter in a good book moving the audience along a series of changes. It keeps the story interesting.

Change is everything

If changes in a story = great story,
and life = story, then
changes = great life

Change is also one of those big abstract, esoteric words that you throw around quite easily. In fact, my design business is about helping change-makers. What is change anyways? The dictionary in my computer says that it’s to make, or be different. Hmmm to be different. As simple as either doing or not doing.

Maybe it’s that binary. Maybe it is that easy. It is, if it weren’t for that pesky mind crippling fear. Can we overcome fear through logical reasoning?

Maybe not but this analogy is a great place to start.

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