Just a Moment

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flameCan you take just a moment …?
Well, maybe more than just one.
Can you let yourself go and share in my daydream?
The letting go part will allow us to consider all of the possibilities
In life … in your life … in the lives of others,
It only takes a moment to turn darkness into light.

Imagine, if you will …
Imagine that if it were possible
To gather all of the weapons throughout the world
And trade them for life’s fortunes.

Not for riches but for reason;
Not for power but for empathy;
Not for revenge but for justice;
Not for oppression but for peaceably co-existing.

Imagine the words of those names that are famous
Like Christ, Ghandi, King, Kennedy, Lincoln, Confucius, Einstein
Being emphasized more for the actions they purport to take
Instead of the oft-quoted words of wisdom that they represent.

As your mind wanders to all the possibilities,
Imagine the knives sliding food instead of throats.
Imagine the bullets as bringing food to the hungry.
Imagine the guns and rifles bringing water to the thirsty.
Imagine the powers of presidents and kings creating homes for the vanquished.

Imagine soldiers bringing peace to people instead of war.
Imagine the sick and diseased in the world receiving humanitarian help.
Imagine those rendering political power, instead, relinquishing power to the people.
Imagine a society where people take responsibility for their mistakes.

Imagine children developing with confidence instead of fear.
Imagine the aged being looked upon for their wisdom, not their frailty.
Imagine spouses treating each other with respect instead of abuse.
Imagine peoples of the earth working together to save their planet.

It only takes a moment
To reconsider and believe what we were taught by our Founding Fathers.
Could their sacrifices and concepts become so lost and misconstrued,
That they cannot be found and put back into practice?
The answer may lie in a moment of imagining … everyone letting go and allowing themselves to imagine.
It takes just a brief moment to turn darkness into light.

(22 October 2014)


Both as a consultant and author, Charles Bonasera’s story-telling have motivated people to change patterns and resolve problems in their lives. All of his books contain valuable, practical lessons that people can easily apply to bettering and managing their lifestyles. He has also written a myriad of articles which can be found on his website at www.charlesmbonasera.com.

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