Vision or Daydream
by Burt Dubin
You have a choice of three ways to live your life:
1. You can live your life in the mire of mediocrity. (Not
2. You can create an ordinary, plain vanilla future for
yourself and your family. (OK, but no cigar.)
3. You can be the conscious creator of a personal future
glowing with challenges, growth, fulfillment and success.
(Now you've found a worthy path!)
Most people settle for the mire of mediocrity. Look
around you. Observe the faces and the bearing of the folks
you pass on the downtown streets, in the malls, in the markets.
Most people have given up on whatever vision they had. (Most,
not all.) Their spirits are submerged. It's sad. Yet, these
are the folks who do the grubby tasks we don't want to do.
Admit it, we need them! Their vision became daydreams; their
daydreams are smoke rings. They have given up on their future.
Some people live plain vanilla lives. A decent enough
tract house, a nice job, the PTA. You know. Good citizens
who pay their taxes and do their best. Usually just able to
keep up with their bills and hold their heads high. Somebody's
gotta do the mundane work of the world. These are mostly the
folks Thoreau described as "living lives of quiet desperation."
They get through it and die with their heads high. Yes, they
have a vision. And, somehow, the future they long for is just
out of reach. In the end it's closer to a daydream.
A few, the conscious few, sense a greater vision, a higher
vision. A vision of the possible. They engage the wisdom
of the past. They awaken to their vision of a possible future.
Their vision of a possible reality. Their vision of a future
they can influence. A future they can create out of their
vision. They intuit their potential greatness.
Are you one of this elite? I mean elite in spirit,
in intellect, in energy, in light. Are you ready and able
to give of yourself so you can make a difference. A positive
difference. A difference that matters? A future that matters?
Are you one of us?
Do you yearn to make this world a better place for children
yet unborn? Or, maybe to somehow enhance productivity
or profits for organizations that convert or distribute or
retail the goods and services civilized societies require.
Or do you long to simply show ordinary people how to live
extraordinary lives. Do you want to make other peopleís future
Do you want to instill the noble virtues in those whose
lives you touch? Do you hunger to affect principles, standards,
values, character, purpose, philosophy and vision?
Do you choose to be an alchemist, a 21st century alchemist,
turning leaden metal into gold? The leaden metal is the way
things are before you come along. The gold is the way things
are after you're gone. The leaden metal is the present; the
gold is the future.
Live your vision. Here are some ways that work:
1. Have noble intentions.
A grand plan. A mission. An incredible future. An objective
that makes a difference. A major difference. Something transcendent
everyone you know assures you cannot be done, at least not
by you. Many people who know you and love you do not believe
you have what it takes to reveal the greatness they do not
see through the prism of their misperceptions about you.
2. Surrender to your mission.
Let it have you. Your time, your energy, your total focus,
your resources. Everything you've got. Everything.
3. Listen to your intuition, your inner voice.
Allow this guidance from your own higher self, your own
spirit, to tell you what to do next.
4. Work resolutely, tirelessly, endlessly.
5. Accept course changes.
You may find yourself up blind alleys. You may encounter
insurmountable obstacles. You may have to travel another
route to your objective.
6. Demand integrity from all associates.
Would you go sailing in a leaky boat? Would you drive on
a tire that would not hold air? Then, steel yourself: In
cold blood dump unworthy others.
7. Never give up.
Have bulldog blood. Have bulldog blood. Have bulldog blood!
One morning you awaken to find your vision of the future,
rooted in the wisdom of the past, is your present reality.