A Mindful reflection on: Shift Happens

3 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?

Thanks, Marty.


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  1. AllisonG said on September 2nd, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    I really enjoyed this entry. I watched Nickleback’s video and got chills. Very moving. Thanks, Ozzie.

  2. David Lourie said on September 3rd, 2007 at 3:45 am

    There is a cartoon called “Mindfulness” with multi-faith commentaries at http://www.DharmaTheCatCartoons.com/blog

  3. Danielle Alexander said on September 3rd, 2007 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for taking the time to share. I’ve booked-marked your mindfulness homepage and will return. Some of your points stand out loudly, such as, “My perceptions are not reality; so it is best to hold my perceptions (and judgments, explanations, rationalizations) lightly.” To me, the statement evokes humility in the present and in doing so stimulates the sort of mindfulness and reflection you speak of throughout the site. The smart detail here is that the “humility” evoked does not suggest to be spineless or meek, as is commonly associated with the term. Instead, quite the opposite. You suggests an assertive humility, recognizing the great potential of small groups of people in the latter part of your entry. Therefore your early statement evokes a “stronger” humility, one that is rooted in being thoughtful and gracious and is willing to act on passions, as well as willing to adapt.

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