“Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.” -Quincy Jones
Trump makes the statement that his new administration is running like a fine-tuned machine. Imagine what a harmonious country we’d have if only we could believe it was true. Running like a fine-tuned machine is a great example of what the summation of Quincy Jones quote amounts to. Every single person, both young and old sharing a little of what they are good at doing. The key word here is, doing.
I was recently in a conversation with two of my longtime friends. We each have a different political standing, but after a short but effective conversation we all three came to the same conclusion, that we all need to bring it home. Another word on a level in which we can make a difference on a smaller more manageable scale. Each one of us sharing a little of what we are good at doing. Add our passion for what we believe and the openness to listen to each other allows us to take what resonates with us, and leave the rest behind. Just like my two friends and I did. It was about finding a common ground respecting each other’s belief’s, and keeping our friendship in harmony, without putting a wedge between us.
It’s easy enough to talk the talk, but walking the walk is putting the talk into action.
So, what are you good at, and how can you use it to create harmony instead of discord between one another. You don’t have to run for president or do anything outstanding. All you must be is who you are, and offer to the world around you what you are good at doing.
Be the example in the world you want to see!
Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”-Chinese Proverb
It’s funny that I read this quote today because I recently pulled my manuscript out to work on my 2nd drift. As I’m reading over it I’m reminded of what every instructor taught me, show don’t tell. My goal in the end product is to involve the reader so much so that they see, feel and understand what I experienced.
This quote also applies to everyday life. I learned better by doing. You certainly can’t learn to type or play instrument or even cook by being told how to do it. Showing helps you to know how, but the real understanding comes when you get involved and do the work.
Politic is the same thing. What people tell you is not necessarily true, and even if someone shows you. How do you know if it’s factual unless you get involved in finding the facts. How will you understand unless you do the research?
How easy it is to talk, and show someone how to walk, but the only way to understand is to get involved with what the talk and walk has to teach us.
So here we are at the end of this stressful election. I find myself wanting to take a shower to wash all the yucky negative feelings clinging to me like an infectious disease. After I dry off its time to go to work finding my way back to that peaceful place. Sometimes looking for the good that still exist all around me is like trying to find the hidden faces in the bigger picture. It takes time, concentration, commitment, focus and just a silver of faith to get me started. I begin to see clearly, but only because I’m now looking through the eyes of God. Each hidden face I find is like a different golden nugget. The more I collect the brighter my treasure chest shines shedding light on the bigger picture. I hope that my light shines bright enough that you might get a clearer view of the hidden treasure of goodness that still exist around you.
“If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away.” -Tang-Shan Liang-Chich
To me this quote is a great reminder to bring it all in. It’s also a great example as we wind down to the last 3 days before the election. We cannot make a choice based on all the conflicting information that takes us away from what we base our own truth on. How does each candidate resonate with my own belief and truths? There’s this inner knowing that we all have within us. It’s a nagging voice that’s trying to be heard beneath all the other noise that the ego entertains. Where does the ego look for its truth but from that which it attaches itself to on the outside?
What does this all create, but a division within ourselves. If there is a division within us then it’s going to create a division outside of us, and it spreads like a disease. It has already become prevalent in our country. Now the concern is that whoever gets into office, the division will continue. I don’t want to be a part of planting this seed. All I can do is pull out the negative weeds it’s begun to grow in me.
The bottom line for me is in the clarity of the statement above. Look for the truth within your heart and soul. Don’t let the ego lead you astray. Some would say I don’t’ rely on myself. I rely on God. Well where do you think God exist? Within each of us. He didn’t create us to push aside who we are. He created us that He could experience life through us and with us. But it takes our cooperation and willingness to work as One. I have learned in my own life that when I’m feeling that sense of division it’s a sure sign that I’ve drifted away from the truth within. Until I find my way back I become a part of the problem that contributes to the division all around me.
As Saint Francis so simply taught, having peace on earth, can only happen when we first find it in ourselves.
My husband and I went to grandparent day recently. Our morning began with the pledge of allegiance to our country’s flag. Us oldie’s but goody’s automatically put our right hand over our heart, the way we were taught in school. It brought back memories. As I said the words I found myself thinking how different our country is today. I wondered where that pride went. It sure was prevalent right after 9/11. There where flags flying everywhere even from the windows of people’s cars. Every house had one standing proudly in its rightful place. We felt what that pledge of allegiance stood for. We were one nation, under God, undivided. We cherished the freedom that our county stood for. Love for each other came shining though also as we reached out to our loved making sure that they knew how much we cared about them. We never believed something like 9/11 could happen in our country, and I can’t help but wonder why it is that terrible things have to happen to bring us together like that.
That was 15 years ago, and now all we seem to do is fight with one another right here on our own soil. We are this melting pot of people from all over the world. We’ve come together to live in this great land of freedom, and now that very freedom is being twisted around by words that justify anything and everything, even if its blatantly wrong. We can’t let the gift of freedom be turned into the very thing that destroys us.
We can’t have the kind of world we want by starting with the whole world. We can’t have the kind of country we want by startling with the vastness of that either. We have to start right where we are, first with ourselves. Then reaching out to one another with compassion, understanding, and respect for our differences. Only then can we return to belief this country was founded on. We are one nation under God, undivided, and we stand for liberty and justice for all. Be the change you want this country to be, it has to start with each one of us.
I don’t know, maybe we should get back to flying the American flag in its honored place upon our property’s. Then stand before it with our hand over our hearts pledging our allegiance to the United States of America. The land that we love. It’s like saying our daily prayers it gives us a moment of pause that reminds us who we are, what we believe, and that we’re not alone. We are one nation under God.
So I’m thinking today about how we need an uplift in our country, and in ourselves. As I’m praying about it this song comes to mind. As I listen to it I couldn’t help but think about the phrase Michelle Obama uses, “when they go low, we go high.” Now I’m not advocating any party I am a non-partison voter. So if you can look beyond your party and embrace the phase as the unique person you are. Simple let the phase lead your conscious and the song re-align you heart mind and soul that in these struggling times we’re going through you can find a sense of peace within yourself.
After hearing all the negativity of our elective candidates last night. I find myself today in need of a better place to be in my heart, soul and mind. After a while I’m hearing hymns playing in my mind, and this is how it played out.
Hear I am Lord
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go Lord if you lead me
I will hold your people in my heart.*1
Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred,
let me bring you love;
Where there is injury,
your healing pow’r,
And where there’s doubt,
true faith in you.*2
I pray you’ll be our eyes,
And watch us where we go.
And help us to be wise in times
When we don’t know
Let this be our prayer,
When we lose our way
Lead us to the place,
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.*3
*1 “Hear I Am Lord”
*2 Then comes “The prayer of St Frances of Assisi”
*3 “The Prayer” by Celine Dion
To find yourself, think for yourself. –Socrates
I’ve been working on unplugging my own connection to the political news channels. This picture is a perfect depiction of how we let ourselves become attracted to the media. We get so caught up in it that we can’t distinguish between our own thinking and that of which we’re letting sink into our psyche. I heard someone recently say, we are all capable of making up our own minds, and not being influenced by the media or what others say. The Today show and the nightly news inform me enough to trigger the questions I can research myself.
We have this innate ability to know what’s right and wrong. You can see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears to make your own decision. Even when a person is a good liar, and you’re not sure what to believe. Don’t ask someone else to tell you what they think. Do the research for yourself to find the answers you need.
Yes, I’m referring to politics here. However, I think it goes much further into all areas of our life, and it should be a good lesson for us to examine our own thought process. We are the ones who hold our own remote controls. What we should be tuning into each day is the wireless connection that makes us who we are. It’s always the truth that sets us free. If you want to know who you are and what your truth is, then start thinking for yourself.
When we went to Ireland a few years back we were told by a small pudgy white bearded man with a top hat that there are no snakes in Ireland. The legend is that in the fifth century A.D. St. Patrick exterminated Ireland’s snakes by driving them into the sea. The truth is, snakes never existed to begin with in Ireland. Knowing this truth is like finding out that Santa Claus doesn’t really exist. It takes away from the fun that the legend congers up. The imagination seems to make many things happen and appear that were never there before.
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
If St. Patrick could drive all the snakes out of Ireland into sea, maybe he could drive all the snakes out of Congress as well. We could walk with trust through the green grasses of our country once again without fear of being bitten by all its discourse.
I have a bit of the Irish imagination in my blood, how about you? Maybe if we put all the good things we can imagination into the pot of gold today…we could create something magical.