As the battle of day to day reality continues it is easy to get caught in the frame of yesterday. The core question is, always, about tomorrow. Fighting yesterday’s issues may bring a fleeting moment of euphoria but it will never end the war, satisfy the thirst, or build a foundation to build on. Far too often we focus on revealing the colours of those who we believe are our enemy instead of recognizing the unique opportunity in the moment to change the course of everything that could be.
British politics is in a cycle of fighting about yesterday. On many levels the battle is important because it is a matter of trust. The problem from my perspective rests with what happens if trust is proven, revalidated, or even reestablished. What happens next? Is anything going to be different from what was? Are we permanently caught if a cycle of repeating excitement, despair, and disillusionment? Clearly it isn’t enough to solve yesterday’s trust issue. Ironically that is all that most can see. There is an alternative. It will require courage, resilience, and confidence if it is to see its complete birth.
Imagine a world where we acknowledged our failures and always addressed their resolution in terms of how we moved forward. Consider the change in a debate shifting from the cause of war to the possibilities of realizing active compassion infused with respect and honor. What would the world be like when we focused on ideas instead of accusation, hope instead of fear, mercy and love instead of justice and hatred?
As my mind wanders into this field of possibilities I realize how true personal colours can be seen by all who care to observe. Even in Jesus’ day the scene was painfully obvious.
“The Jews then said, ‘That clinches it. We were right all along when we called you a Samaritan and said you were crazy—demon-possessed!’
Jesus said, ‘I'm not crazy. I simply honor my Father, while you dishonor me.’” (John 8.48, 49)
Today we can paint with a new canvas. Imagine the possibilities.
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