HOLD ON!

I can imagine that many of you, especially when witnessing the amount of injustice, tragedy and inhumanity that takes place in our planet, start to think that our Dreamscaping and Lovescaping movement is an elusive, or perhaps idyllic, goal.

I know because I have sometimes thought so too. It is easy to get lost in the spiraling bad news there are in the world today. The media certainly doesn’t help either. There are few news outlets that focus on the good work that is being carried out by infatigable people who fight for social justice, peace and liberty throughout the world. Many, in fact, I believe most, we will never hear about. But I’m writing this post today to urge all of us out there who come close to losing hope, to HOLD ON! HOLD ON! HOLD ON! It is during these trying moments when our convictions, our values, our ethical behavior and our sense of compassion, empathy and humanity for the world must come to the surface in unison to cry out: NOW, MORE THAN EVER, WE NEED LOVE!!!

Fellow dreamscapers and lovescapers, now it’s the time to lead by example. All of us out there, who still believe that there’s hope for a better world: the change begins with us. Easier said than done, but it is time to truly evaluate our actions and ask ourselves questions such as: “Were my actions congruent with my ideals?” “Would I have liked it if someone did/said the same to me?” “How I can be the better person?” “How am I contributing to fight prejudice, hatred and injustice?” “Did my actions infringe in somebody else’s liberties?””Was I respectful when confronted by a different opinion?” “Did I pause for a second and try to empathize with the person with whom I disagreed to try and understand where they were coming from?” Etc, etc, etc… These are the sort of questions me need to ask ourselves in order to check if we are being congruent with our Lovescaping and Dreamscaping goals.

I couldn’t help but remember one of my favorite poems, Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” while writing this post. I leave you with it, in hopes that his words leave an indelible mark upon us all.

“If”

by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

 

 

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3 Comments on “HOLD ON!

  1. No se si leiste alguna vez la carta que yo lemande al Maestro Abreu…hela aqui.

    On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 2:27 PM, Dreamscaping & Lovescaping wrote:

    > iregreaves posted: “I can imagine that many of you, especially when > witnessing the amount of injustice, tragedy and inhumanity that takes place > in our planet, start to think that our Dreamscaping and Lovescaping > movement is an elusive, or perhaps idyllic, goal. I know becau” >

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  2. There are probably a million people out in the world thinking, wondering: “What’s the point?”

    Well, there is a wonderful reading plan called “Living life unrehearsed and unstuck” by Jamie George, and he said something that moved my heart, I will sum it up in two paragraphs:

    Have you ever looked up closely at the strings of a musical instrument? Well we know how it works but it has to serve as a reminder of the role we can all play in this planet. No matter how hard life can be or feel upon our shoulders, a guitar for instance without the proper tension, cannot play harmonious melodies.

    I know that many people are tired of the tension, but it is through this Dreamscaping & Lovescaping movement that we can tune the lives of the most vulnerable, and it is out of those difficult moments that we can stir the soul and move the heart of millions.

    It is up to us to be part of the billion out there that are changing the world for good.

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  3. Te copio una traducción libre que hicimos en el curso de escritura para los hispanoparlantes lectores de tu blog:

    SI…

    Si puedes conservar la calma cuando todos a tu alrededor

    La pierden y te culpan por ello;

    Si puedes confiar en ti cuando todos dudan

    Y permitirles que duden.

    Si puedes esperar sin cansarte de la espera,

    O siendo engañado, no respondes con engaños,

    O siendo odiado no das cabida al odio,

    Y aún así no parecer ni demasiado bueno, ni demasiado sabio;

    Si puedes soñar, sin dejar que los sueños te dominen;

    Si puedes pensar sin hacer de los pensamientos tu objetivo,

    Si puedes enfrentar el triunfo y la derrota

    Y tratar por igual a ambos impostores.

    Si puedes tolerar la verdad que has expresado

    Tergiversada por malvados para confundir a los ingenuos,

    O ver destrozado aquello por lo que diste tu vida,

    E inclinarte a reconstruirlo con herramientas maltrechas;

    Si puedes reunir tus ganancias

    Y arriesgarlo todo en una sola jugada,

    Y perder, y comenzar de nuevo

    Y nunca mencionar tu pérdida

    Si puedes forzar tu corazón y tu temple y todo tu ser

    A seguir mucho después de haberlos perdido,

    Y resistir, aunque ya no te quede nada

    Excepto la Voluntad que te dice: “¡Resiste’

    Si puedes hablarle a multitudes y mantener intacta tu virtud,

    O caminar entre reyes sin perder la humildad,

    Si ni enemigos ni grandes amigos pueden lastimarte

    Si todos cuentan contigo pero ninguno demasiado;

    Si puedes llenar el inexorable minuto,

    Con sesenta segundos de valor infinito,

    Tuya será la Tierra y todo lo que hay en ella,

    Y lo que es más: serás un hombre, hijo mío.

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