Our culture tends to live in 140-character snippets of information and expectations of split-second timing on decision making. Although there is definitely a place for each of these, we need to pause and reflect that not all actions, transactions and relationships are fully captured in these short bursts.
Without action all a culture has is wishful thinking. Dreaming is an important part of everyone’s growth and contribution to society. If dreams are never acted upon then it is only time spent in wonder. A culture built on converting dreams into reality can build magnificent results for all involved.
The saying “when the stars align” reference a time when just the right set of circumstances come into position and the result is greater or more spectacular than expected. Alignment is thus a key component to the ongoing success of a culture. When foundational elements align and remain in alignment then a culture can flourish. If out of alignment, then constant recurrence of challenges distracts a culture from blossoming into its full potential.
If you have ever looked through a camera lens or set of binoculars you will need to adjust the focal point of the object you are narrowing in upon. This intentional effort to bring an object into focus so you can see it clearly is the same aspect of focusing in on your future results. The greater the effort to bring into focus the deliverable the greater the opportunity is to realize it.
Our daily lives are filled with an overabundance of things all clamoring for our attention. Some are actually important while many are just another distraction. If our culture allows for the absence of prioritizing the important and the distractions, then the path we travel is likely a roundabout way of potentially getting nowhere.
With the end of 2022 upon us, if we look back over the past 12-24 months, we will find much resentment in the media and in the personal and business circles we are touched by. This rising negative energy only inhibits peace in the world. May we all at this holiday time find room in our hearts to be meek and forgive.
When a society cannot genuinely appreciate others success and be happy for them, we are on the path of decay. If one-upmanship and always having to be better than the next person overwhelms everyone’s thoughts, then when can we pause and even see the contribution each of us bring into our culture and reflect on the value it has for all.
Each and every day you don’t have to go looking for the absence of moderation or temperance. People are in full stride to push or access in excess whatever they believe is their right. Whether it be food, drink, ideologies, or any other number of items of excess, the path where individuals lack moderation ultimately impacts not only their lives but everyone around them.
If you look at civilizations over the years, they decline when the culture no longer values the generosity of its citizens but views it through the lens of entitlement. Authentic generosity comes not at the expense of others but through the pure kindness of each individual’s heart.