Graham Boyd

I’ve realised, when I feel unhappy looking at my world, there are only two things I can do.

I can go and “stand” somewhere else — change my perspective.

Or I can look through a different pair of “eyes” — change how I’m looking at my world.

People often told me to do one of these; but could never tell me how to change my perspective, or how to change the way I looked at my world. “Just do it” was a typical comment.

I’ve found the patterns in Dojo4Life powerful tools to use to change where I stand, and the eyes I look through. I hope that these will be just as useful to you!

I started my journey towards these patterns back in South Africa.2014-01-12 15.38.55

I remember the hopelessness I felt at school during the final years of apartheid South Africa. I saw only  futures of revolution and destruction. There was very little reason to hope for any kind of reconciliation, little reason to hope for any social, economic or environmental health afterwards.

South Africa, the Rainbow Nation, is still far from perfect. But compared to the violence it could have had …

Looking back I can see that South Africa went for a very narrow gap in the dark mountains of revolution. A gap that was invisible to me. Invisible, because I was not close enough to the mountains to see it. Invisible, because I lacked the wisdom, the “tools” to see it from the distance.

Fortunately there were key figures that had that wisdom. Were able to use many more of these patterns than I could. They continued acting from hope regardless of how they felt. And so did what was needed to keep going until we were close enough to see the gap.

Maybe even that hope created the gap in the last minute.

Today, I look at the challenges facing us all. Which ones are at the top of your mind? At the top of my mind are challenges like enough affordable energy, clean water, food etc. for us all.

I look at these challenges, and sometimes the feelings of helplessness, despair, take over. I lose hope, lose energy, because I cannot see any good path to a future we all want to live in.

I think back to South Africa, and I ask myself, “What if it’s just the same? What if the path to the future we want to have is there, but I’m just not close enough to see it?”

This is what keeps me hopeful, keeps away feelings of helplessness, and keeps me working hard to create that path. And I keep practicing the patterns of Dojo4Life so that I’m best able to see grounded reasons to hope. Best able to see what I can do, and for whom I ought to do.

If you look around and see radical problems; overwhelming reasons to believe that there is no hope, that you’re helpless, and that nothing you can do will make a difference; be irrationally rational, react by being radically hopeful.