A Mindful reflection on: Shift Happens3 Comments September 2, 2007 / Posted in Mindfulness
A dear friend of mine, Marty Mayer, about 14 years ago during one of our weekly runs and walks shared some insights that I translated into being mindful about the uniqueness that each of us brings to our daily perceptions of the world.
I am reminded of the statement: My perceptions are not reality; so it is best to hold my perceptions (and judgments, explanations, rationalizations) lightly.
At the same time I know the power that can be released once the spirit is so moved. You’ll enjoy watching the video of Nickelback’s If Everyone Cared. The video highlights what four people did when moved by a reality they saw and that touched their hearts.
Peace and Love are words that express what man is capable of. Hatred, genocide, bigotry are other words that express what man is capable of. As Terence the Roman poet stated: “I am a human being. Nothing human is alien to me.” Or as the American Indian grandfather answers to his grandchildren which wolf will win in the battle for survival. The wolf of love, peace, caring or the wolf of hatred, anger,bigotry. He answers: The one we feed.
As Lee Thayer put it so well, “From the side lines when the human spirit does amazing things, often it looks as if person had a vision. The reality is more: Once the heart is touched, the Vision had the person.”
Once the Vision has ignited the fuse, the chain reaction started by one person creates…the future…our present now. Reuben Klamer, the inventor of The Game of Life, passed on two gems I will remember. First: Life is not a dress rehearsal. Second: In Life there’s no round trip ticket. So we are returned to the Here and Now…as we are now here.
Nickelback’s video ends with a quote from Margaret Mead: Never doubt that a small group of committed people can CHANGE THE WORLD. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Marty shared a video with me a few days ago. It was another opportunity for me to reflect.
In the video Shift Happens I am reflecting on Margaret Mead’s statement and asking mhyself: What small group of committed people am I part of?
You are unique in the history of mankind. I am unique. How are we honoring our commonalities and our awareness of the uniqueness of all being in present moment, unique moment?