September 14, 2008
Vol. VIII, No. 10
"Making Your Own Reality"
I was hurrying down Third Avenue this morning, on my way to an appointment, and I could see that the crossing signal was changing against me at 86th Street. As I started to jog to catch the light, a sports car rolled up to the red light. As I watched, he started creeping toward the crosswalk. I think he was only trying to get a jump on the green light but it was a pretty big jump and a couple moments more and he was going to entirely block the crosswalk. I didn't want to miss the cross signal or stop jogging, so I started yelling "hey" to get his attention. Not only didn't he hear me, he never even looked in my direction. He just kept rolling. I kept increasing my "heys" in volume and he finally heard me and looked and stopped and I made the light. The whole thing happened rather quickly and I was never in any danger but it really makes you wonder about people and where their heads are at.
Anyway, what popped into my head after the incident was this idea about making your own reality. I realized I had just witnessed a good example of it. By his actions, the driver of that car created a reality where people yell at him. I create a reality where I yell at people, but that's another story. My point is, that whether we are aware of it or not, at the very least we co-create the world in which we live every day.
I also thought this experience correlated nicely with what I've been talking about in my Rampages as far as churches with no money buying pipe organs. To me, this experience brought home the fact that if people want a pipe organ, they'll get one. And it really has nothing to do with cost or space. It's all about their attitude.
So if you live in a world where digital organs are cheaper than pipe organs or there's not enough room in your church for a pipe organ, maybe it's time to create a new reality.
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