Fire isn’t just our toy, it clears deadwood
Ever since we humans controlled fire, there is an inclination to think of it as purely our pet. We even talk about it as that way in our stories. For example, the story of Prometheus. In the story, we receive fire from Prometheus. Fire isn’t a force of nature, but a gift to spite the gods.
Fire, however, is a naturally occurring thing.
Forests last a long time. Fire is a big reason.
Forests accumulate deadwood. Deadwood, once it accumulates, chokes away the forest because it takes resources. That’s where fire comes in. Fire eliminates the deadwood. It clears the ground so that new things can grow. It is essential because if it doesn’t, then the forest eventually dies.
When we cut ourselves, we get scabs. They look ugly. We shouldn’t however, scratch them off. Scabs are necessary; they keep the body safe from infection.
One of the most critical skills a leader or creative can develop is understanding what deadwood is and what is a scab.The treatment for one is the exact cause of death for the other.
Tomorrow I am going to talk about how different styles tend to one or the other. For now, think about experiences in your life where you needed to burn things away or when you needed to let things “sit.”