If I Ruled The World

"If I ruled the world
Every man would be as free as a bird
Every voice would be a voice to be heard
Take my word
We would treasure each day that occurred".   Tony Bennett
 
When I first heard this song, my spirits soared; I believed it was possible to actually establish the song as my vision then dedicate my life to fulfilling it. Ah, we are so naïve!  
 
Visioning is the easy part. The challenge is building the structure to support the achievement of a vision, as well as developing the necessary skills to achieve. For long time followers, you've observed my dedication to this three- pronged approach. My book Navigating Tomorrow outlines this three- step change tool, because I believe that we can rule our world by cherishing others, treasuring each moment. 
 
Holding a vision does not guarantee that we will fulfill the vision in our lifetimes. But we keep moving ourselves forward, re-framing our beliefs so that our actions start to align with the vision. We correct and monitor our conduct so that when our final breath arises, we declare that we're living a life worth living.
 
You do rule your world. Created moment to moment by how and what you think, you have an opportunity to be free as a bird or stuck in a cage of your own making. When I think about people who have stood their ground upholding a vision around which others could rally, I too want to rule my world with compassion, courage and wisdom. It is only too late to change when you've given up. And even then you can find your way back to what matters.
 
If you had to pick one song this week that's stayed in the back of your mind for years, a song whose lyrics inspire you to be happy, what song is that? And are you living that song or simply hoping that one day your Life shows up the way the song is written?

Posted on October 29, 2013 and filed under October 2013.