It’s simple: you talk, I listen. I might listen to your words but I’ll try not to. You need to be stupid, inspired, morose, tragic, hopeful, and elated… but that comes later. First, there are just the stories, ideas, problems, and people. The ones inside you, around you, and those around them. None are real, but they look real and you’ve invested in them. Even the bad ones.
Sometimes I tell stories. I try to take you outside the box, to look at your mind, your life, your history, and your heritage. I have come to realize that very little of us is our own. Much is inherited, absorbed, or evoked in proportion to our focus, rhythms, and ancestry.
Become someone else for the purposes of exploration. You will find joy and pride close to the surface, but the real treasures are underneath. Beware that territory. It’s not what you think you came to explore but, I swear to you, you did. All true adventure comes with risk. I offer encouragement and support but you hold the flashlight. I have seen some of these things before.