Where to look for new ideas – insight from Leonard Cohen

English: Leonard Cohen

The Future is an album by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen. His song, Anthem, provides a strong metaphor for insights into where to look for new ideas.

Anthem

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government –
signs for all to see.

I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.

Ring the bells that still can ring …

You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

Thank you Danielle Poirier for this amazing gift.

 

Danielle and I are leading a masterclass at the Association for Psychological Type international this July in Miami. She mentioned Cohen’s song in our planning conversation today.  Superb, eh?

Getting Teams and Individuals Radically Unstuck: Creating a Vital and Viable Future (yes you can…:-)) is a one-day program using depth psychology, Jungian type and creativity-thinking methods and tools to support people moving beyond perceived boundaries. Magic. There’s a crack in everything.  more info

Marci Segal, MS, Creativity and Change Leadership; Freeing leaders’ thinking so they can create new futures.

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