We get to play with it, to use it, to dance within it.
In particular, I call upon this Mind to enlarge the field around my expectations, to help me see new possibilities and perspectives.
Here’s a story of what one person did with what others might judge as a boring, dead-end job.
A driver was crossing the bridge entering San Francisco and heard loud music coming from the toll both. Looking up, he saw a man inside dancing. In amazement, the driver asked the man what he was doing.
The toll booth tender replied that he was having a party. The driver asked why and the man said that he had developed a philosophy, a mythology about his job.
The booth tender explained, “I have a corner office, glass on all sides. I can see the Golden Gate, San Francisco and the Berkeley Hills. Half the Western world vacations here — and I just stroll in every day and practice dancing. This is a great place to be!”
So, what is available to you when you look at a situation with different eyes? What about when you expand your view of possibilities?
I call this “dancing with the soul.”
The German philosopher Nietzsche calls this “dancing with chaos.”
One of my favorite quotes of his is: “I say unto you: one must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. I say unto you: you still have chaos in yourselves.”
But here’s the difference: Nietzsche wasn’t referring to the typical definitions of chaos (complete disorder and confusion, or behavior so unpredictable as to appear random).
Instead, Nietzsche was talking about using one's individual creativity (chaos) — developed through the acquisition of self-knowledge — which will result in one’s unique contribution to the world, accompanied by a feeling of divine happiness (a dancing star).
So, despite all the turmoil happening around the world, let’s dance with our individual chaos and allow dancing stars to enfold our precious Earth!