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A New Beginning | 2020

New years can be a little daunting. There is all that self-assessment of the year past, and realizing that perhaps we didn’t accomplish quite all that we intended 365 days ago. There is certainly some of that going on for me today.

BUT, in it I am also cutting myself some slack by realizing that life sometimes dishes out some unexpected surprises, and, we can’t always see into the future (and therefore plan for it) as well as we hope to. I love Isak Dinesen’s quote from Out of Africa, “God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”

And after all, are not the surprises, the unexpected twists and turns in the road, part of what makes life exciting and challenging? It is often the journey and our lessons that hold the most satisfaction, not the destination we think we want. And from that point of view, 2019 was a success for me.

The great realization is that even though I didn’t fulfill all of my goals, I achieved enough to know that I love the path that I am walking. This year gifted me with clarity in the bigger picture of my purpose. That is huge! Today something deep within me says, “keep going”. I therefore will push forward with renewed determination, vigor, and vision, whilst making some alterations with my compass.

I wish for you the realization of your deepest dreams, and I look forward to sharing many more words with you in 2020. Happy New Year!

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Perception | Peel the layers

Always try to look beyond the obvious, no matter what you are observing. Over the years, black-and-white photographs have been a teacher for me in this. Our physical reality exists in layers, and in the case of monochrome images as an example, the top layer of color has been “peeled away”.

Layers of distraction

We strongly respond to color and are very distracted by it. When color is removed from a photograph, the form, line, and texture become much more apparent. The structure, the essence of a thing starts to pop out. There is so much more there that we don’t see at first glance.

The landscape below is a good example. In a color version, most likely the vibrant turquoise water, blazing white sand, and deep blue sky would attract our eyes first. Think of color as the cosmetics of the scene, much as a woman might enhance her face with makeup. But the artist purposely removed color, and hence the tree dominates, in all of its bare bones candor. Beautifully sculptural, the tree is very alive in this picture. I can feel its movement; I am acutely aware of its form.

Peel away the layers, look deeper

The takeaway? This is a simple example of a black-and-white tree. But in every encounter you have, be it with an individual, scenery, or society around you, start to look deeper, beneath the covers. What is hiding underneath what is readily apparent?

Rest assured, it is there, waiting to be noticed. And more often than you might imagine, it is important.

Be aware of, and beware of, the top layer, the facade, the distraction. It keeps us our consciousness on a superficial level. It’s not only what we are observing that is so much more, but so are we!

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Our Dream | For Humanity

Judging from the state the world at the moment, our vision for it has been somewhat skewed in the past. “Thought creates reality.” Either that, or we did not exercise our autonomous free will enough. Or, perhaps both are true.

The collective outcry

But wait. We are starting to witness a collective outcry in various parts of the world. “We’re not happy with how things are being run!” In France, Hong Kong, various countries in South America, people are finding their voice. Unfortunately, unhappiness has been bottled up for a long time, so some of the outcry has dissolved into violent conflict.

To be perfectly clear, I am not condoning violence. I do, however, believe in our basic human right to autonomous thought and free speech. The lesson? Better to speak sooner than later if a situation is not working for you., so it can be done peaceably and wisely. As Thoreau said:

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

We fear change, but change can be good

Be not disheartened by the state of the world. After a point, dissatisfaction and unhappiness simply cannot be contained. Historically there are cycles, and the pendulum swings. Back and forth it goes, until we find an equilibrium.

There are times in our lives when we get what we need, not what we want. And that is where the learning and growth are to be found. Celebrate that. Because I do believe we are moving towards a much better world, if we so choose.

Inspirational Quote:

“There is a light in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” ~ Richard Attenborough

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Harmony | With intention

What a wonderful vision, a more harmonious world. Let’s not let go of that. Sometimes it’s discouraging to me though, to see how increasingly divisive the world is becoming. Does it feel that way for you too?

Intention is the key word in this haiku. Without humanity’s intention to create it, more harmony will never happen. Intention requires seeing the other point of view, extending an olive branch, forgiveness and understanding, and cooperation. These seem in short supply in the world at large today. The mandate seems more like “make war to have peace”, and, “see it my way or die”.

What happened to the middle ground? Can we find it? Or is humanity completely lost?

Every group has its own “group think”, be it small or large. Attitudes in large corporations tend to be “top to bottom”. So the thinking is created by management, and filters downward.

But how about “bottom to top”? As individuals we have great power to create positive change with our own thoughts, intentions, and actions. It can begin with us. But, bottom to top will require that we practice autonomous critical thinking, and see beyond the group think. That’s where the new vision is to be found.

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