Imagination rules the world
Imagination is more important than knowledge."
Are either you, or I, smarter than these men?
You want POWER? How’s this for power? Arthur C. Clarke:
"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go
Marcus Aurelius... who knew a little something about this:
"A man is what he thinks about all day long."
If you’re capable of grasping the immutable truth of that
Why not just use it for 3 days, and see what happens?
Decide what you’d like your dominant thought to be,
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Someone gave this to me by photocopying the original, which he pulled out of his wallet. With wrinkles and tears, it had survived years of being read and re-read. I’ve read it more than a few times myself since then, and hope you’ll get value out of repeated readings, as I do.
by Robert J. Hastings
Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are traveling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hillsides, of city skylines & village halls.
But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there our dreams will come true, and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering - waiting, waiting, waiting for the station. "When we reach the station, that will be it!" we cry. "When I’m 18." "When I buy a new Benz!" "When I put the last kid through college." "When I have paid off the mortgage!" "When I get a promotion." "When I reach the age of retirement, I shall live happily ever after!" Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive once & for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us.
"Relish the moment"is a good motto, especially when coupled with Psalm 118:24: "This is the day which the Lord hath mad; we will rejoice and be glad in it." It isn’t the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.
So stop pacing the aisles & counting the miles. Instead,
climb more mountains,
Life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough.
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