The title of this post is also its guts (in keeping with the body metaphor):
“The skin is not the bones.”
Joshua Blankenship said this in his Echo breakout session, and I’m still processing this simple truth and its implications for, well, everything.
In my self and in my life I need to know the skin is not the bones. In my writing I need to know the skin is not the bones. In my parenting. In my role with Echo. In my relationships.
I need to know the difference between the skin and the bones.
That’s not to vilify skin or deify bones — most things need both.
The key is knowing the difference. The key is knowing the order and the function. The key is fitting the two together to make a thing that is a whole thing.
Not a skeleton missing skin. Not a crumpled sheet missing bones. A whole thing.
I want to make whole things.
Scott McClellan is the Editor of Echo Hub and the Director of Echo Conference. You can follow him on Twitter: @scottmcclellan.