The poet William Blake wrote these lines:
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
If you’re a business person you may wonder if these lines apply to you. Same goes for those of you who are athletes. Sure, Blake’s words are nice for musicians, poets and those who meditate – but what about YOU?
I happen to think his lines apply to everyone of us.
For the entrepreneur: “To see a Universe of customers when looking at a product for the first time.”
For the athlete: “To see a championship the first time you learn a new technique.”
For the writer: “To hold infinite words in the palms of your hands.”
For the coach or teacher: “To experience eternity when sitting with a student to help him through a problem.”
For the doctor: “To see the soul of the sick.”
For the gardener: “To see an apple orchard from the very first seed.”
For each of us: “To have dozens of ways to look at the ‘same’ thing.”
Exercises for the imagination are more important than knowledge. You can spend an eternity learning facts and figures – and know them so well you miss the depth of each and every thing you learn. Yet, you could study a grain of sand for an eternity – concentrating on it, thinking of what it represents.
You could look at the first dollar you earned in business and see a fortune on the horizon. Or a fortune in your possession.
You can look at money you invested and see it multiplying. Or you can view it as “lost.”
You can give something valuable away and see good coming back to you in ten-fold streams – or you can imagine what you’ve given away as gone forever.
When you speak to someone you can imagine her good or bad. You can see a student as smart or dumb – or somewhere in between. You can view scars as marks of beauty or as grotesque and disgusting.
Imagination makes it so.
What do you see when you look at a grain of sand? There are infinite answers to this question.
Zen Master of the Internet®
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