It’s Independence Day in the U.S. Perfect.
Today we are focused on truth.
We’ve all memorized the first words of that Declaration: “When in the
course of human events…” Yet what about
the last? “We mutually pledge to each
other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
This document isn’t just
about declaring our sovereignty, it’s about doing something. One of two things become the focus of what we
talk about and what we do – memories or opportunities. It is the latter that sparks creativity, engagement,
vitality, growth and evolution. Memories
can serve as the starting point, yet once they become our focus – we stagnate.
Take my car. About two months ago, the tailgate stopped
working. To open it, I had to climb
through the side door into the back to press the inside release. At first I talked about it a lot,
complaining. Then I was gone for a week,
not thinking about it at all. Yesterday
I approached the car, pressed the button on the key and it opened. Only then did I remember it was broken.
Later, Dream Hopper asked
“How’d you fix it?” I said, “I just
forgot it was broken.”
This is a dream. Our focus and belief and actions determine
what it looks like. It wasn’t enough
that I forgot the tailgate was broken, I
had to press the button.
What is important to note is
that I also stopped complaining and discussing WHAT IS. As I approached the car I was only thinking
about the next thing – getting the stuff home.
The only thing you control
right now is your own life. Decide
carefully where you focus. You are
Gods. According to all reports, God
didn’t say “Let there be light”, followed with “Wasn’t that really cool? I just
said let there be light and it showed up!
Isn’t it beautiful? Wow, that’s
amazing. I’m a really good light maker.
Do you remember all that darkness?
Wasn’t that depressing?” etc…
Memories make great
springboards but not landing zones. It
makes sense to honor the Declaration and its writers. It makes sense to take from it what applies
in today’s world and create something new.
The closer your focus, the
slower you move. Watch the very
young. You’ll see them looking straight
ahead at whatever it is they want and making a dash for it. Watch the very old. You’ll see them looking at their feet take
Two hundred plus years ago we
pledged our lives, our fortunes and our honor to each other. What that looks like today is being decided
right now. We are past the time of
worshipping and waiting. It’s time to
seize the day. We are the One we’ve been