Category Archives: Vision

The time to change is now!

I am deeply saddened by the news that 49 people in Orlando Florida in the USA, have been murdered in cold blood and that 53 others have been wounded in this latest horrific incident.

These murderous attacks are happening across the planet killing many, many people. More often than not, the targets are innocent people going about normal everyday activities.

The hate and the killing must stop!

No one should die because they have different belief structures, or are different in any way from another person.

Forget…

Let us forget forever the name of the Orlando murderer, banish it to the loneliest unmarked grave, without honour or epitaph. Do not show his picture and do not give coverage to his extreme and twisted personal misinterprtations of a particular religion.

Remember…

Let people remember the people who died, remember their faces, their plans, their hopes and dreams. Support their families and communities…

But more than that…

Let us all learn to truly accept people and respect them as they are regardless of their faith or non-faith, gender association, sexual orientation, skin colour, ethnic origin etc.

Although not an excuse, our problem is that we can only see through the eyes we have, and they are biased, due to our personal experiences and what we have been taught or modelled. However change is possible for all of us, but only if we are willing to start.

We must always search for better ways, always question entrenched ideologies, always ask for help if you need it, and offer it where you are able.

  • We need to start to see the person, the humanity, within each individual and respect them as they are;
  • We need to stop labelling and putting people in boxes that make it easier for us to dismiss others as different or inferior;
  • We need to remember that the blood in all our veins runs red, that we breathe the same air, and that this tiny little rock floating in space that we share is our only home.

It is a bold, courageous and glorious goal to love everybody and it is not easy, but even a small step in the direction of love is a good start. The trick is, when you start the journey, keep moving.

We must remember that this is a journey and

  • We are all at varying stages along the way,
  • We are not perfect,
  • We are broken,
  • We can’t do it alone,
  • We need help,
  • We need patience with others on the journey.

May be, just may be, if we all take a small step towards love and peace the world will be a better place.

Paul S Allen

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Let there be peace.

Barbed Wire

All people have the right to live in peace and safety without persecution, oppression, victimisation or death.

It does not matter about differences as long as we can mutually respect each other.

We need to embrace diversity not fear it.

Let us look beyond nationality, race, religion, gender or orientation, and respect the person. Listen to each others stories without judgement or condemnation.

We, the free, need to stand up for the oppressed and the persecuted and let their voices be heard.

Let us free the oppressed.

Let us see the humanity.

Let us love the person.

Let there be peace.

 

Paul S Allen

Nothing Perfect

 

 

 

Graphics created by Paul S Allen
©Paul S Allen 2014

Abstraction

Green

GreenThe Unknowable LandOut To SeaDown To The BeachCautionSt Clair Street Light

Abstract, a set on Flickr.

Sometimes life is not as clear or defined as you would like it to be but you can still make something interesting out of the result.

Paul S Allen

Significance

The sun rises
The sun sets
The same 24 hours every day; but somehow time appears to speed up as the years rush by.

I am  (we are) surrounded by that which is transient, with no intrinsic value. What significance is there apart from what I can impart to others.

For there to be longevity of vision or betterment of humanity there needs to be a giving of  oneself to the people who come after ourselves. A short-sighted  and me-only approach may feel nice  for  the individual but will ultimately lead to nothing.

Significance comes not in what you gain but by what you give.

Paul S Allen

Dunedin Sunrise - Photo  © Paul S Allen 2012

Dunedin Sunrise – Photo © Paul S Allen 2012

 

I am no superman

Over the last few weeks I have had my usually busy life curtailed by an injury.

I have had to have my leg elevated and take medication that has left me with a foggy brain.

The world has continued to turn, the social structure of the community has held together and all without me. This is a good thing, other people have had to step up and take control for some things and I have just had to step down from others.

This process has helped me re-evaluate certain priorities in my life and consider how much time I spend on projects.  Yes I have watched a lot of TV in this time, but thankfully the London Olympics has been on and I have been inspired by the single focus and dedication of the athletes. These athletes have sacrificed much to attempt to achieve personal bests and Olympic glory.

If I am to achieve success in community development or for particular causes I need to prioritize involvement’s. This will mean I will have to relinquish some commitments. This does not mean I am not concerned with the causes I let go, it means that I am deciding to focus on areas that I can make the biggest difference.

I have always been a busy person, but my body is not keeping up with my mind. Perhaps my badly sprained ankle with torn ligaments and chipped bone has been a blessing and a warning. It has forced me to rest and to slow down. It has made me realise that I am no superman, I cannot be strong all the time and I need to focus more.

Sometimes it is right and proper to re-evaluate life and it priorities. To step down requires a determination to overcome ego and self-importance, to concentrate on what is important not what is urgent.

Sometimes the squeaky wheel needs to remain squeaky, sometimes things need to be done by other people.

By holding on tightly to leadership or other roles you actually hinder the cause you are trying to help and from others that need to take over and lead it to the next level.

So what next? Time to workout where to focus, to develop skills and talents that I can pass onto others.

I am moving up not moving out; I am focusing not getting busier; I am getting values and priorities in order not just being driven by “good” causes.

When was the last time you re-evaluated your priorities? Why not take a few moments and make sure you are on the right road and make some changes if you need to.

Paul S Allen

Change is Inevitable

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