I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world.
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours, I 2
If you and I are not living our lives in widening circles, it must be the case that the horizons of our lives are staying the same, or shrinking.
Which becomes possible has something to do with each of us. There is choice involved. Widening the circles of our own lives takes dedication, attention and effort. It cannot come to be without our active participation.
As Vincent Deary points out to us (more on his work in the next few days), we’re always actively participating in bringing about something. And if we’re not changing, we’re sameing.