(previously Power To Stand: A Course In Greatness)
Written by Michael Skye for the Vision
Each Visionary Mind Shift may be easy enough to grasp
at a glance, yet each is a puzzle piece in a larger
puzzle called the Vision Force Matrix. The more
you integrate this shift with the other shifts, the
more the matrix will begin to emerge. Your
understanding of the distinctions and the matrix
itself will evolve as you move through the
course. To speed that evolution, do your best to
view each word and distinction as something new, a
mystery, rather than by relating it to what you
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Pride | Honor
presented in this session are incredibly
powerful. Which of the feelings do you think is
most powerful and fulfilling to be guided by?
Which of the feelings is a person of greatness most
Feeling about self for winning or achieving, for
being stronger or better than before or better than
the norm (based on honest view of reality)
Feeling good about self for being better than others
are dishonestly judged to be (based on position)
Feeling good about self for standing for, in the
face of own fears (based on honest view of reality
(Position Honor) -
Feeling good about self for standing up to evil
(based on position)
Position vs. Stand
had little reason to feel good about himself growing
up. He did not fare well in school, in the
social arena or in sports. His parents did not
cultivate honor within him. Instead, they
manipulated him to be who they wanted, using shame, fear
things more challenging, Mahmoud grew up in the terror-riddled
Middle East, where there were few jobs, and few
prospects for advancement, let alone financial freedom
or prosperity. As a teen, Mahmoud had no
activities to participate in which generated a sense of
genuine honor. He could not find a job, starting a
business seemed futile, and there seemed to be too much
fear in the air to concern himself with things like art
when Mahmoud was approached by a man, who he recognized
as a freedom fighter and hero in the community.
This man took him aside and told him that being an Arab
and a Palestinian was a great honor, and that it was
their duty as God's people to walk with their heads held
listened intently. He knew he had nothing
to do with being born an Arab, but it felt good to take
pride in it.
long, the same man approached Mahmoud again, telling him
he was chosen to be a holy warrior for Allah, and that
it was his duty to sacrifice
himself. Mahmoud quickly learned that being chosen
and doing his duty meant killing infidels, specifically a bus full of
Israelis and tourists.
Mahmoud saw how it
would take a lot of courage to make such a sacrifice,
and he wasn't sure how he felt about it at first.
Eventually, Mahmoud conceded, and chose to sacrifice his
Allah and the liberation of Palestine. In the
moment that he stepped forward and said,
"Yes," he was
overcome with the feeling of honor.
next day, however, when Mahmoud awoke to some
disturbing dreams, he began reflecting
on his choice. As he thought of the innocent civilians
he would be killing, a wave of guilt swept over
him. Quickly his day turned gray, and he felt a bit sick
inside. That same afternoon, Mahmoud returned to the man who had inspired
him to give his life for the cause, his head hung low
The man, upon hearing Mahmoud's
doubts, shook his head. "You
are Muslim! Be proud! There is honor in
while of listening, Mahmoud once again found himself
in the same position as the day before. He saw
the vision of being one of God's chosen
warriors. Before long, he found himself saying, "Yes,
will die for Allah. God is great!"
next morning, as Mahmoud walked down the street, he
heard an explosion. He turned his head to see
his two young cousins fall to the ground. One
was a boy of 12 and the other was a 9-year-old
girl. Fear rushed through his body, then
anger, as he rushed to their aid. His spirited 12-year-old cousin, Sami, was dead, but precious
9-year old Samia was still breathing. As
relatives rushed Samia to a hospital, Mahmoud just
stood there, his fists clenched in rage. He
envisioned himself pulling the cord on a bus full of
Israelis, and tried to visualize Israeli children
all he could see was the faces of Sami
and Samia. Suddenly, his rage intensified, but
now it was directed at the perfect senselessness of
all the violence.
"Why? Why? Why? Who is going to do
something about this?!" Now, all he could
feel was a deep pain in his chest.
"Who? Who? Who will stop this?"
moment Mahmoud wiped the tears from his eyes, and saw his reflection facing him
in a broken windowpane. Suddenly, he
knew. He knew the answer to his question. A sense of peace came over him. A
profound sense of honor rushed threw him.
"It is I," he whispered. "I am
the one, who must do something."
no thought as to how he would be the one. All he
knew was that he would take a stand. He must
take a stand. Right here, right now,
today. He thought of the shame that his
Hezbollah brothers might try to inflict upon him...
the look in their eyes, the tone of their voice, or
worse the cold silence. "They might think me a
traitor," he thought. "I might even be
killed." Mahmoud sensed the fear, and yet
he stood tall. "I will be the one for the
children of the Middle East. For the Palestinian
youth, the Israeli youth--for all the youth."
was so moved by his newfound sense of clarity, sense
of purpose and peaceful inner power that he dropped to
his knees. He thought of the difficulty of the
road that was before him. And for the first time
in his life, he did not falter. He did not
waiver. He did not doubt himself.
grounded in his stand, and lifted up by this
feeling... a feeling of honor. It was somehow
much different from the honor he remembered feeling
upon choosing to be a suicide bomber. And this
time, it lasted. It required no hate, no
rose again to his feet, looked up to the sky, and
smiled. His eyes followed the clouds, but his
thoughts were alive with his newfound vision. He
saw how by standing for the children, and not against
anyone, he could call both his brothers and his
enemies to stand with him... in time. Maybe it
would take 10 years, maybe 50... maybe peace would
never come... no matter. Mahmoud had found
something worth standing for. And he had a
vision that called him to greatness.
Some Key Points:
How does this story end? Is it a pipe
dream? Or could one Palestinian, Israeli,
Lebanese or Iraqi youth take a stand and bring about
the unimaginable dream of lasting peace in the Middle
East? Is it a dream worth standing for?
in positions of power can inspire good people to do
terrible things. All it requires is a position
that says there is an evil enemy.
on the other hand, can inspire himself or herself to
greatness. All it requires is a stand that is
not a position. And that is real power.
Power to call one's self, one's allies and even one's
adversaries to greatness. Anyone can be a
visionary like Mahmoud.
revolutionaries are visionary creators.
Those who will cause lasting change in this world, in
their communities, their businesses and their families
are visionaries. Unlike days gone past, our
future does not lie in the hands of the natural
visionary, who is somehow born and raised into
greatness. No, our future lies in the hands of
the person willing to stand, and willing to pursue
practical visionary training that gives one powerful
tools for everyday greatness.
that Mahmoud has taken this stand, what will he
do? How will he deal powerfully with the waves
of criticism that are about to beat relentlessly upon
him? What will he do in times of fear and
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additional resources today. Confront your
self. What do you stand for? Were you born
with the skills and resources to live true to that
stand in a way that continually calls all around you
to greatness? Probably not. So, what's
next for you? What are you waiting for?