I have been on a submarine…once. At the Field Museum in Chicago. I was 8. This task, was enormously taxing. And I hate war so… Yuck. I really wanted to go back to my mountain temple and continue chatting with myself. But I get it. It is a time to stretch. It is time to grow. And I really understood where this exercise was going. It is something I practice with my kids often. Finding the Beginning.
I have met many people that take every happening, every action, every reaction at face value. They never dig and look at the underlying causes. They never stretch and see what the beginning looked like, or what were the factors that got them to this point. And opportunity really is in the details. There are whole companies that build the gears that go into the seats of your automobile. There are massive industries built around moving and disposing of trash and waste. We often see the finished product and think, “Wow, If only I could have invented THAT.” But what about the company that supplies the glass for every phone? Just the glass. What about the wires? Could you build a better wire? Or gasket?
To look to the details could be a life changer along with an industry changer. And knowing how and why a thing came to be, can help you see the little pictures inside the bigger pictures.
It also helps with people. Because Lord knows we are complex creature. And nothing comes from nothing. Every action, reaction, and vision comes from a history of decisions and thoughts that have got us to this point. It is wise to remember that when you find you disagree with others. Why you might wonder how in God’s name could they possibly have voted the way they did? Understanding of the Beginning will carry you far.