Here is your decoder ring information – “wagon” means your daily activities, “star” means your highest vision of the future.
Believe it or not, today I want follow all the advice of expert bloggers and be brief. I realize I don’t generally follow that advice! Besides, I wrote extensively on today’s topic earlier this year in a lengthy article for Integral Leadership Review. You might go read that if the following whets your interest.
Recently, I have bumped into a number of people who seemed to be so absorbed into the details of their “doingness” that they appeared to have lost sight of why they’re “doing” what they “do”. Their head has been down, their nose has been to the grindstone, they haven’t looked up enough recently to link what they’re doing to the vision of where they’re wanting to go. Can you relate? It’s an easy trap that we all fall into.
Here’s some guidance from the Bible that you have probably heard: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18, King James translation). In some versions, the word “perish” is translated as “unrestrained” or “scattered”. To me, all of these words point to a state of consciousness where we are unfocused, where we have lost sight of what’s important. When we enter this state of consciousness, we may feel that we are treading water with our life, that we are trying to “get by”, that we “live for the weekend”. Ever been there?
What then does it mean to “keepeth the law” so as to be happy? To me, that is suggesting that we align our thoughts, words and deeds with our vision. It’s recognizing the power of our thoughts and actions and ensuring that their creative power is focused consciously towards where we want to go. When we shift our attention and see how what we are doing each day is working towards our vision, then we feel that we are “making a difference”, then our lives have greater meaning, work and play meld into just one big blob of “living life” and we can truly exclaim “life is good!”
So what is your vision? Do you have a personal vision for your life? Do you work in an organization that has a vision for the future? Have you considered your vision of the most positive future for humanity? What do these visions look like? How is what you are doing today – in what you think, say and do – in alignment with that vision?
The truth is no matter where you are in life or what you feel called to do – from being a student to a retiree and everywhere in between – each day you have an opportunity to create that vision. Hitch your wagon to that star, baby, and giddy up!
Check out all of Mark Gilbert’s books—available at Amazon. Click here to visit his Author Page. This includes his recent one Our Spiritual Rights and Responsibilities. In this book, he offers what he suggests are the 5 basic rights we all possess by virtue of our being these spiritual beings on planet Earth — and our 2 responsibilities we all hold in relation to one another! Check it out!