In Radical Hope (2008) Jonathan Lear shows how Plenty Coups, Chief of the warrior tribe (the Crow Nation), recognized that continuing to battle the White Man would only produce more chaos and destruction for his people.  On his vision quest Plenty Coups received the admonition to “listen like the chickadee” for new ways of moving forward as a nation.    It was only by admitting the impossibility of going forward in the way his people always had (as warriors), and by listening in a completely different way (“like the chickadee”), that Plenty Coups and the Crow were able envision an alternative way to proceed. Notice how you still harbor the usual hope that something else will change so you can accomplish the things you want.  (Otherwise you wouldn’t be doing the same thing—even harder—and yet expecting different results.)  Start listening radically.

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