When I was away in Virginia earlier this year visiting the local intentional communities (I wrote about my trip here), the last one I visited, Light Morning, was led by a man named Robert Foote, who I can only describe as a modern day Jedi Master. This man knew fully who he was and had a clear vision of exactly what he wanted to achieve in life, but not to the point of blindness–he did not claim to be perfect.
He was not only a “green wizard” in his magnificent hand-crafted garden, but a meditation master. This man was 68 years old and I swear he had just as much if not more vitality than I did, and I’m in my mid-20’s. He had a passion for life and a vibrance to him that was bursting with love for his fellow man, and at the same time, he did not take shit from anyone and was fiercely passionate about his method of living, always striving for impeccability in his household and workplace.
One of the main things I learned from Robert was the importance of having a clear vision in life. Robert literally has multiple published books and several binders full of material that he had written about the Light Morning community and the principles that he believed in. It wasn’t just a way of life, but a method of living that he had completely thought out and was conscious of, and I realized that that mere distinction made all the difference.
Without a clear vision in life, you are forever wandering. Of course you don’t need to be as in-depth as Robert, but I do think it is important to have an always-evolving vision in your mind. When I created Freedom Earth, I honestly didn’t know what I was doing or what it would turn out to be, I simply knew that it was something that I had to do, and until I did, I would be, once again, forever wandering.
In the almost two years that Freedom Earth has been around I’ve learned firsthand that doing the right thing in no way guarantees that it will be easy or without some amount of pain or sacrifice. I’ve certainly lost my fair share of friends and been involved in many heated arguments, but I have never lost my cool, never lost my nerve, and I will never give up on my vision of “establishing a more healthy, conscious, and connected society.”
That is the mission I came here to achieve in whatever capacity possible, and it drives all of my choices. As Florence Scovel Shinn once wrote, “Most people consider life a battle, but it is not a battle, it is a game,” and I agree with that statement. Like a chess player, you must always move your pawns before you can move your queen, and it is in this strategy that you learn patience and the importance of developing a clear vision, gradually chipping away at your ultimate goal.