I AM SHOUTING TO LET YOU KNOW HOW CRAZY THIS ARTICLE IS AND HOW FAR I AM WILLING TO STRETCH MYSELF TO REACH YOU.
BLINK. Time passes and I wonder what is it we really see. A magnifying glass gives us the ability to view things with greater clarity yet with all our advancement we still don’t see that which can free us from our fear. Trees and plants don’t carry this burden, this fear. Trees and plants are designed to adapt and survive. Simple Truth.
As we grow up, grow older, we gain insights into what the world has to gain from our existence, our individual unique qualities and in turn we are enriched by the experience of life. Human beings, even after thousands of years, still see so little and adapt so slowly, limited by their fear.
I talk about ONE PLANT. ONE MOMENT. ONE CHANCE. Each individual having the ability to change and make that difference.
ONE LIFE. BLINK. What life have you lived and for who’s benefit?
Throughout history we have had our impact players (I will not mention any of them so as not to miss the one that made the difference for you). They drew from a strength, a knowledge that most people can’t imagine. I will be repeating the theme, the way we think determines how we feel, a number of times throughout this article and future articles. If it is centered around the gardens we grow and envision or the lives we wish to live, the power of the mind to get us to the end game is key.
Can you see it or are you blind to the possibilities. BLINK. The world around us needs to be cultivated beginning with the ground under our feet. When I express the ideas that we are all connected; animals, plants, humans. I am trying to convey, not just the ideas of life but the feelings all around. How each action will make contact with an infinite number of opposing actions stretching as far as the mind can imagine. When a seed detaches from it’s parent and eventually finds it’s final resting place, life extends out in every possible direction. The variables that the fallen seed can encounter are innumerable. I need for all who read this to understand that like a drop of rain falling into a motionless pond, the ripples that we see on the surface are but a fraction of the events taking place. You have to see. I need to make everyone see. Our lives, filled with doubts, filled with fear, lead us so far away from one another. So Far away from the life under our feet. We live and remain shallow rooted, vulnerable to even the smallest of storms. Time for all to gather and recognize the power each of us has to build the world around us stronger and more resilient.
How is this all related to the gardens, plants, soil, water, TREES? The simplicity of seed to tree gives up our greatest opportunity to see. The simplicity lies in our ability to clearly see a seed fall and a tree develop. All the complexities which are connected to the process are put aside and all we see is the seed to the tree. Much of the time we dismiss weather conditions, animal interactions and time. I have considered the idea of time and have thought how many of us begin developing fear because of time. BLINK.
This is where we need to begin. I won’t write much more (BLATANT LIE) except for all to consider those things that worry us. We can start with ourselves, personally, our health, finances and our relationships with the world. After this, think about all those things outside of ourselves that worry us. Politics, sports, children, the environment, all things that can stir emotions and cloud our lives causing us not to see clearly. Trees don’t get clouded. They are reactionary organisms. The environment changes around them and they begin the process of adapting to survive. Simple yet brilliant. As the trees are challenged, they have systems that get stronger. Unfortunately mother nature can be cruel and there are times when no mater how strong, that tree will fall. A tree will succumb to the world and challenges around it and that is ok. This process gives new life the opportunity to begin so it can take hold of it’s own possibilities. Beginning a new life, new memories to be made. BLINK.
We need to simplify to see clearly. We need to clear the table and consider our own possibilities. To begin life with fewer obstacles and fears. This does not translate into giving everything away and living alone on a mountain. I am sorry so many can’t see it, but it must begin with a conscious choice to change (what we think determines how we feel). The simple thought of “I need to be better, stronger more resilient.” We do this not only for ourselves (yet that is where we begin), but for all the world around us, since we are all connected. IMPACT RIPPLES GO BEYOND WHAT WE SEE ON THE SURFACE.
“I ONCE WAS BLIND AND NOW I SEE “,(try wrapping your brain around that).
Here in New York we have been gripped by cold, wind and snow. At the moment it may seem as though this pattern will last forever but change comes. Change will brush 0ver New York just as easily as a child reaching for a parents hand. It happens and after it occurs you can’t help but smile and even feel refreshed. This change needs to be planned for and encouraged. It needs to be celebrated and remembered. For our lives to be better, more enriched, people need to reach out and give one another the opportunity to change. To learn and grow. The hope, to gain the ability to see.
I must refer to a comment I hear more often than not that expresses time as, “flying (how time flies).” I beg to differ. It is not time that moves any fast or slower but our awareness that diminished as we grow older. I know that most people will not readily understand this concept but it is extremely important to address.
When young we have the ability to see so much taking place around us and even at times are overwhelmed with the world. We begin to grow older and experience the world in so many different ways developing filters that block a great number of our senses. You can argue that these filters are necessary for our mental survival. Without these filters we may go insane. So much of our brain is working to disseminate all the information our senses are picking up and compartmentalizing each sensation so that the system doesn’t overload. SO, What is it that we are missing that we need to see. Where do we need to go to see it. When it is present, how will we recognize it? Get ready for the ride of your life because I am about to help you see. BLINK.
Your/Our entire life(lives) is a facade. Imprinted from our experiences growing up. Each of us have a different experience yet a common response. That which we have seen, more often than not, determines who we choose to become. Here is the trick. The cruel reality. The magic that is in place is not permanent. The spell can be broken. The experiences that have made us who we are can help us to alter our reality to fit who we want to be. It is as simple as that. Or is it? This is where the lesson goes into overdrive. FEAR STOPS US. Fear of change. Fear of the unknown. And it is this that stops most people in their tracks. Now that you are older, set in your ways, happy or not, we have become complacent. Life, even though not fulfilling, even though at times painful, seems in control. FEAR GRIPS US AND FORCES US INTO SUBMISSION.
IT IS TIME TO BREAK OUT AND BE UNAFRAID. HEALTHY AND SAFE, FEAR CAN BE ADDRESSED AND OVERCOME. IT TAKES WORK. THIS IS YOUR ULTIMATE CHALLENGE. NO ONE IS DOING IT FOR YOU, YET YOUR NOT ALONE. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF BEING BETTER. BETTER FOR YOURSELF. BETTER FOR YOUR WIFE, HUSBAND, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND COMMUNITY. WHAT IS THE VALUE. THIS IS THE QUESTION EVERYONE NEEDS TO ASK THEMSELVES AND THEN POSSIBLY BEGIN LIVING.
I bid you a good morning, a good day, a good evening,. I bid you peace of mind and a vision of hope for our future. From me to you, here’s to lifting ourselves out of the darkness and into the light so we can see the possibilities.
BLINK, and in that moment things are different, things can change.