July 18, 2013

Power of Vision

Remember when Bing Crosby played the mechanic who hits his head and wakes up in the days of King Arthur?Hank Martin was the mechanic's name; the movie is Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court from the book written by Mark Twain.  One of my favorite quotes from the movie is  "“You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

In today's world, I believe a lot of imaginations are out of focus.

Matthew Kelly, a motivational speaker and author, tours the states with a program he calls Passion and Purpose. On one of his CD's, he describes our culture with a litany of metaphors. The one that really sticks in my mind is  "our window displays are full but the stock rooms are empty."

The commercials on television tell us how "cool" or "number 1" we will be if we just purchase   new cars, new clothes, visit fancy resorts and own the newest phone. We see women in tiny undies and bras that push their breasts all the way up to Maine!  Television and movies teach us that values and character are archaic shadows of the past.

The Real Housewives of Wherever teach us to gossip, back-stab and purge!  Reality shows knock home the message "the end justifies the means" and "MEAN" is the key word!

Can you imagine a world where no child goes hungry at night?  Can you imagine a world where a child is safe and warm at night? Not just your child but child! This world can happen if we change our focus from our display windows to our stock rooms.

Can you imagine a world where teachers, the men and women who are with our children every day, 6 to 8 hours a day, for at least 13 years,are paid a quarter of what an NFL or NBA player makes?  Can you imagine a world where an NFL player, who makes millions of dollars a year, can use a grammatically correct sentence when interviewed after the game?

Our "Window Displays" are full of bright, shiny new trucks, sweatshirts announcing our allegiance to teams from Green Bay or Seattle. Display windows are filled with men and women in $2000 suits and big smiles, promising changes in the Senate or Congress; Bankers with private planes and second and third vacation homes.

What is in our stock rooms?

Look into the shadows of those rooms.  See if you can find integrity, compassion, honor?  Look hard and see if you can find any boxes the word "VISION" stamped on it. Look for a crate that might be labeled "INTENTION"!

Now these boxes may be small but if we (WE meaning men, women and children) use our power of imagination, we can fill the stock rooms with values, with character.

Remember, the power of vision is not just what you see.  The power of vision is what you feel, what you believe, what you dream.  When you feel it, believe it dream it, then put your shoulder and your intention into it. Lean into it. You will be powerful; we will be powerful.

We are the caretakers of this earth and each other.  Our allegiance cannot be so focused on money, on winning, the Dallas Cowboys or Exxon, the bottom line, that we toss each other aside.

Ah, yes, another thing we've learned from reality tv, "Throwing each other under the bus!"  That seems to be another one of our new themes.

Our culture has made it a joke that after a woman has paraded across the stage for millions to see her in her bathing suit and a designer gown, she is interviewed. We ridicule the possibility that she may answer an interview question with the statement "World Peace!"

What is wrong with world peace? Surprisingly and sadly, there is plenty wrong with World Peace!

World Peace doesn't ad $ to the already bulging pockets of the rich, world peace and protecting our planet does not fit into the long range plans of the corrupt. World Peace is not a phrase that many Corporations like to see or hear.

I've got news for some of you, Corporations are not sentient beings....I don't care what state has declared they are!

That brings me back to one of the best quotes from Connecticut Yankee.

It's good old Hank, the mechanic who shares his wisdom, again.  He states, "“My kind of loyalty is loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the thing to watch over, and care for, and be loyal to; institutions are extraneous, they are its mere clothing, and clothing can wear out, become ragged, cease to be comfortable, cease to protect the body from winter, disease, and death.”

We are the "country", "We, The People"! As many astronauts have declared, Earth is home! There are no boundaries from space. "We, The People" it should mean all of us!

Let's use our imagination. Let's combine our vision and intention.  Let's expect a miracle!

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