Vision for a Country, Vision for a Self
After reading Ken Blanchard’s post: http://seapointcenter.com/ken-blanchard-on-vision/comment-page-1/#comment-16023 I had some thoughts. We do as a country seem to be struggling with a cohesive coherent forward moving vision. Coherence of all hearts beating as one would certainly be an ideal. On this momentous day of stepping further towards acceptance of all by the striking down of DOMA, this post seems even more relevant. I also know that chaos is a necessary stage to growth and development, and that out of chaos comes a higher state. I made the following comment on the post.
As I read this, JFK’s words jumped through my mind, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” If that were paired with Martin Luther King’s dream, we would/could have a pretty powerful vision as a country. I would alter Dr. King’s words just a bit to be more inclusive as the injustices in the US are not just about race. Indulge me just a bit as I play with the vision dancing like sugar plumbs through my head:
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country to create a world where our children will not be judged by the color of their skin, their gender, their heritage, their religion, social status, sexual orientation, the mistakes of their forbears, their disabilities, their abilities, or any other feature but by the content of their character and integrity.”
“Our children will not ask what can be done for them, nor be judged by the color of their skin, their gender, their heritage, their religion, social status, sexual orientation, the mistakes of their forbears, their disabilities, their abilities, or any other feature but by the content of their character and integrity. Instead, they will do for their country and neighbors with grace, courage, and compassion.”
We should each have a personal vision. Perhaps some of us may have more than one personal vision: one for work, home, community, etc. And perhaps we can each create one that would be “umbrellic” in nature and including all areas of life. It is important to live in the moment to relish the exquisiteness of life itself as well as to work towards creating the grace of elegant awe for present and future generations to enjoy. Having a vision that creates a legacy of grateful generosity and acceptance would do a lot to alter the course of life.
Thank you for an inspirational post. It clearly rattled some cobwebs from my brain.
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