So, I'm walking down the street in Vancouver, and I see this sign.
I think, "Wow, never seen a sign quite like that one before!"
I walk out onto Kitsilano Beach, and I see this neat-looking tree trunk.
The trunk is really quite stunning, I discover as I examine it up close. Every square inch seems to have a beautiful pattern.
Swirls, bumps, indentations… It is very, very neat-looking.
Every angle I look at it from, it’s like a whole completely different tree!
It makes me think of human beings, all of us caught up in our little lives, all of us thinking we have a grasp of “the big picture” – of what really “matters” – all of us unaware that from three feet away (in any direction), to anyone else, the world looks completely different.
What is “the big picture,” really?
It’s 2009, and the environmental crisis (and the planet) just keeps heating up.
Who is really “minding the store”? Is anyone??
What might happen if we were all to move from “limited vision” to “unlimited vision”?
If we all began to see the whole tree trunk (and world), not just our own teeny-tiny little piece of it?
Thomas Berry has said about the environmental crisis, “It is something like being in a lifeboat. There may be problems of distribution of food, there may be people that need medical care, but if something happens to the boat, the boat has to be taken care of immediately or else everything else becomes irrelevant.”
Astronomer Carl Sagan said, “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”
Lester Brown says, “Saving our civilization is not a spectator sport.”
Joanna Macy has said “If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. People who can open up to the web of life that called us into being” and with Molly Young Brown, that “Grace happens when we act with others on behalf of our world.”
The Dalai Lama has said, “The most important meditation is critical thinking – followed by action.”
19th century writer Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “What lies behind us and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
I say, we are quite amazing creatures when we allow ourselves to stop tripping over our own feet. Isn’t it time for us to step up to the plate, instead, and live up to all that incredible potential?
Limited vision…or unlimited potential?
It’s our choice!