I stumbled upon a blog by Steven Gans where he Quotes Isaac Asimov as saying, “What is really amazing and frustrating is mankind’s? habit of refusing to see the obvious and inevitable, until it is there, and then muttering about unforeseen? catastrophes.” Which summarizes our response to being blindsided when we don’t ‘think differently’ by visualizing from the heart.
He then goes on to say, “From Hurricane Katrina to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the metastasizing specter of climate change, an initial foray into the rhetoric of “natural” disasters over the past decade finds surprise and shock as a primary theme. Whatever happens, “no one could have predicted” the results; ostensibly secular pundits have learned to comfortably and without contradiction invoke “acts of God” as the first line of defense against anyone ever being held responsible for anything.? Ignorance has become the ground for our relationship with Nature…
Who, after all, could possibly be to blame for hurricanes, floods, volcanoes, and earthquakes? Who could possibly have the power to predict when and where disasters will erupt? Even in the case of BP’s irreparable destruction of the Gulf Coast—where the “culprits “seem clear and the potential consequences of deep-sea drilling eminently foreseeable—mainstream commentary ?finds itself gored on the horns of a false dilemma: because the spill was not purposeful, because no one wanted this to happen, it must therefore be a terrible “accident.” ….."
When we have no vision the future takes us by surprise and we justify our confusion instead of realizing our own part in it. We can create a vision that paints a picture of the kind of future we want to see, the kind of impact we wish to make and that recognizes trends and potentials – OR – we can vision a wish for our success that is blind to our impact and that substitutes will for responsiveness. An example of the former is the desire to see our customers transformed into healthier and more personally satisfied people versus the latter, which would be to be the best and biggest business in our service category. Which lights up your heart?
The juice from a vision comes from how we serve our highest good, not from what we will get for our exertions. By refusing to see what we really want to accomplish, by not claiming our true legacy we are at the effect of circumstances and skirt our actual responsibility. Like ostriches we think if we ignore our responsibility then we have nothing to do with the outcome and are thus blameless. We forget that without responsibility we are powerless.
We self-organize around our ‘vision’ no matter what it may be, and in so doing we ‘prove’ the rightness and truth of what we believe.