We have, all of us, a power problem, and I’ve only touched on a few of the different forms power problems can take. Still, one of the common factors found in many of our issues with power may stem from the reality that we may have evolved to the point where our technologically advanced societies simply assume that the power to do what we want to do is an inalienable right, both individually and politically. Recently I was teaching in a classroom when the power was interrupted, and we lost the use of the digital projector for my PowerPoint slides. My students immediately assumed our class would need to be canceled. It didn’t occur to anyone, including me, that we could simply walk outside, sit together in the shade of the campus courtyard, and continue our discussions. Which is exactly what someone eventually suggested, and we did just that. It ended up being a wonderful afternoon. But I think our initial, knee-jerk reaction revealed something of an unconscious dependence on material/ physical power to accomplish everything we desire to achieve in our lives. We’re losing our imagination of how things can be accomplished in our world and in our lives. Heaven has an altogether different power plant and distribution system, and we would greatly benefit from learning how to plug into its grid as soon as possible.
That idea of losing our imagination struck me in a way that I could not ignore. I like to think of myself as a creative person, thinking outside of the box to solve problems. But, how often have I recently just looked for what other have done so that I could duplicate instead of create?
Is it the nonstop nature of our society that has stifled my creativity? Is it lack of margin in my life that has me focused on quantitative results rather than passion and artistry?