NON-FICTION, 350 words.
Growth is an idea that inspires the unmoving to move. Growth does not need fertile ground and does not seek permission. Growth requires an available space.
Growth is always new. It is not always comprised of new elements.
Growth collects unused parts and makes a machine with a different purpose. Growth demonstrates to the unemployed that they are useful again. Growth is the calling of a woman who texts a man who motivates another to get off his couch.
Growth occurs when people contribute their skills to a single system, and the system then attracts further opportunities—and perhaps fosters a different system. Growth does not care what has previously succeeded or failed.
Growth can be contained, stalled, re-routed or killed, always by another party seeking growth of its own.
Growth is ideas linking with other ideas, creating movement. The resulting spark flows between intertwined populations, who exchange resources on which to build. Among those populations are both the new and re-purposed, their success enlightening others.
ARTIST’S NOTE: I drew BOLT FROM THE BLUE as an echo piece to a drawing I gave to a dear friend in January or February 1984. The drawing from 32 years ago used the colors of black and light blue in a similar jagged fashion. BOLT FROM THE BLUE captures the essence of my recall of the original pen and ink drawing.
An opportunity was encouraged at the top of BOLT, at the peak, where two points have come together and a whole world has been formed (the wonderful blue, grey and white area inside the peak). This area had been nothing—empty—until the two points met. That’s the exciting thing about the concept of growth, and by extension human relationships: Something beautiful can be created where there had been nothing.
Looking at the bottom right of the drawing, we can see another two points poised to meet, and therefore we ask: What opportunity awaits us if this event occurs? What wonderful worlds can be made and improvised as other points of enthusiasm meet?