When we were kids, I’m sure most of us enjoyed many a fascinating session with our “connect-the-dots” coloring books. It was always such a mystery and we couldn’t wait until all the dots were connected and we got to behold the surprise within our handiwork. It usually started with just a hodge-podge of numbers and dots that gave us barely an inkling of the picture it contained.
In life, the answer to many of our so-called mysteries and life’s questions are also contained in our big pictures of seeming numbers and dots. It seems to me that the point at which we enter adulthood, we should somehow have figured this out. Yet most of the time we go about our lives blindfolded, not knowing the dots are even there for us to connect. We often stumble and arrive at a point of surprise and say to ourselves something like, “If only I had seen this coming…”
So what does it take for us to connect the dots, to make pictures of really any event in our personal lives or in the world we live? Kids do this all the time, first of course, with the unfinished pictures on paper, and then with great imagination they do this with other facets of their growing lives, learning all the time as they connect the dots. We as adults however, seem to have a more difficult time with the ever-etheric page that holds the answers to our questions. Do we actually need an analytical mind to do this? No, but we at least have to want to participate in the craft and attempt in making our nebulous pictures take shape and come alive.
Unfortunately for some, this involves effort on their part, to take responsibility—be it for a global cause or just for their own sense of personal direction for the way they would like their lives to go. Many would rather have somebody else take the reins of their pen and connect the dots to their own pictures and even color it in for them. Fortunately for the rest of us, we get to take the journey individually, connect our own dots and perhaps even figuring out our greater pictures as we go along, choosing our own colors and even deciding on whether we would like to add in new dots to the picture or make new pictures altogether. There is a difference between getting a lesson or having someone else do it for you. While the latter could be entertaining, it doesn’t give us the experience we need to make bigger and better pictures—and we never get to see our own pictures until “they” are finished! Can you perceive the differences?
So since so much of it is about effort and perspective, what happens when we get unknowingly involved in other people’s agendas? This could be with people in our personal lives or even social or political movements. Because of our direct or indirect involvement, we still have to connect the dots for ourselves in order for us to see their big picture and how we are affected. What happens when we avoid this vital participation? Let’s use a common example on a public scale. When we vote on laws to be passed or vetoed by which we will become somehow either immediately or gradually affected, it would make sense for each of us as individuals to use our prism views and learn about these propositions in their entirety. This would make for sensible and responsible citizenry. Many times, I have noticed we make these decisions based on face value of surface, cursory or group-think information. How often have we experienced suddenly being in the midst of an enormous orchestrated arrangement which we either at first carelessly didn’t know about or actually were responsible for bringing about without realizing? We witness this first-hand when the complaints begin in full-swing of indignation. Even those who did nothing but stand by and let others do. Now how many times has this happened to you in your personal lives with your own social or familial groups? We often feel exploited, used and taken advantage, don’t we?
Well we aren’t victims. How much better to have connected the dots as we behold the picture that is unfolding and realize that we have the ability, capability and freedom to continue when we like what we see or stop when we don’t like what’s being revealed and move on to another? We did it when we were children, we can do it now.
Note: These are just a few perspectives. I have more—as should we all.