This morning I looked to the sky to discern if a storm or rain might be coming. Through a portal in the dark skies came a bright burst of shimmering sunlight.  Its effect was to inspire me with the brightness of the sun as it subsumed the gloom of darkness.  David Abram in his book The Spell of the Sensuous explores this space of connection between humans and the universe.  It is almost a spell that came over me, metaphoring the reign of light over darkness, the elevation of light that fills the void of darkness.

This experience led me to think about wellspring and how it works within humans.  As with a literal wellspring, it needs a continuing source of flow in order to provide some kind of fountainhead accessible to all.  The hydrogeologists can explain physical wellsprings.

Can any of us understand or explain the human wellspring – what forms it, feeds it, gives rise to its gushing?

In short, visceral emotion is one source of the mystical connection between natural beauty and human response.  When the sunlight broke through the dark clouds, an internal circuit went off activating a neuronic response that produces a feeling within of hope and joy, a sense of well-being, that good prevails.  This is not something we learn or can mimic, it is authentic resonance with the majesty of the sun as perhaps the ultimate symbol of hope, as its illuminating rays light up our environment and sustain our life and spirit.

How should we then live in a way that creates, maintains, and emanates our own wellspring bringing light and hope to those around us?


Joe Klinehamer
Joe Klinehamer
Excitement in life comes from learning, loving, and dreaming. Capturing the essence of past learning, tuning consciousness to exactly what is happening now, and taking a beachhead in the future is the dream. Seeking perfection but settling for excellence is the journey toward both meaning and value creation. Change the world not with one extraordinary Nobel-achievement but with many mini-impacts that add to mighty. My parents placed a mantle on me early in life: Never Satisfied. It captured a DNA drive to know more, do more, be more. Not a blessing or a curse but just who I am. Recently a friend said with edgy respect, that I have a restless mind. In a stroke of early luck, the college program I elected was a BA in Natural Sciences and Math, requiring all the heavy science and math stuff but also significant courses in philosophy, literature, art, and history. In the first quarter of life science and math were prominent tools. but in the following two quarters, the right brain has negotiated a great deal with the left brain to expand opportunities to learn and produce. For example, in management and leadership now 40 years, the art side of life including EQ and other Qs has moved to the battlefront. Just to think is a privilege and challenge, but to push into new territories of insight, such as in how to lead people and be led by them, is exhilarating and a never-ending discovery path. With the remaining one hundred words, I was born in Pennsylvania to German Irish parents, reared in a conservative religious environment, and attracted to science in part through the magnetism of NASA. While earning a BA and MS in Chemistry, I met the love of my life Carol and now partner for a half-century. Our two children and four grandchildren while being the recipients of our love and care have helped us become and grow as adults – learning laboratories where mutual growth occurs as love meets the diversity of generations. Today I seek to challenge tomorrow aggressively.

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