Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Make It Real

The answers are not in the past, but I keep looking for them there. I keep looking for the answers in the words already spoken, in the things already seen and heard. But those are the past. Those have already been thought. And as brilliant as those ideas were, they were. They are not now. I am now. And I am enough.

I have been a lover of the past. Read many books, studied great works of art. But I also have steeped myself in stories of soul--asked over and over why I remain stuck in spite of unlimited opportunities to be free. What is it that holds me back, that fills me with fear, that isolates me from others who want to create, too?

Photo by Shawn Keagy
The answer: I live in the past. Not remember, not learn from, but live in the past. And I am learning that I am not the only one.

We try to earn a living the way our parents did, we try to educate our children the way we were educated, and we try to raise a family the way we were raised. We look to government and religious organizations to provide us with the answers. We say things like: "It was so much better when..." and name a time or place where the filter of the past has blinded us to that era's reality. We keep resentments alive and make ourselves victims where no one is holding anything over us.

What would happen if simultaneously we all decided to move into the present time. Close your eyes and really imagine it. Each and every person, in each and every interaction seeing the person in front of them as the person they have evolved to be, not the person they were yesterday or last year. We would remember the past as a story full of information helpful in decision-making, but we would not be stuck there. In the present time, the patterns could be studied with the detachment of an infant regarding an object for the first time, sticking it in our mouths and chewing on it until its purpose becomes clear. We could let go of obsession, idolatry, and shame. We would put these down just as a baby puts down a toy when it has outlived its usefulness. 

What I am also learning is how many people are letting go of the past. Their trademark is a singular focus on the present. They lean on the wisdom of the past and reach towards the future, but ground themselves in opportunities that exist right now. Some are moving themselves into the present, some are helping others move into the present, and some are creating structures and organizations that move our world into the present.

Who are these people and how are they getting there? Some are household names, but most are unsung heroes. Because they don't see themselves as heroes. What they are doing is detached from the praise-mongering of their egos. They keep moving on, grounding their vision in reality, and giving their lives meaning. The future belongs to the dreamers who plant their dreams in the ground and nurture them over time.

What opportunities are available to you right now? Close your eyes, reset your vision, and see the seed that wants to be planted. And plant it. The longer you think about it the more you will be convinced that you cannot do it, that others will laugh at you, and that it will not work. But the only way we can see what a seed will become is to plant it. And if somewhere along the way you decide that this plant doesn't work for you any more, give it away or plow it back into the earth to fertilize your next seed. But do whatever you can to make your vision real, right now. 

Writing this blog is my seed. What is yours? 

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