Where has aliveness happened?
Somewhere in our past, distantly / deliberately, new life happened. In all sorts of places, through all sorts of people, new things have sprung forth.
These new things were meaningful then. But the past doesn’t speak to the present without a bit of work…
“The nouns of art (the paintings, scores, recordings, information) are tombstones that mark locations where significant acts of aliveness once took place; they await fresh verbs (attention, personal connection, response, discovery) to bring them back to life.”
(The Teaching Artist’s Bible by Eric Booth, p.40)
The past wants to speak to us. There are words of wisdom and life, locked away in a multitude of places, just waiting to be opened. They are ready to warn us, exhort us, console us, scold us. The past is holding out the right hand of fellowship, waiting, waiting… do we accept the dare to dive in?
All that’s needed are fresh verbs. All that is needed is a willingness to engage.