A Northern college student involved in the civil rights struggle in the early ’60s recalled how the bubble burst on her youthful idealism. When she arrived in Alabama, she fully expected bigoted residents to listen to her well-reasoned argument about the evils of racism and enthusiastically thank her for enlightening them about their misguided ways; word would spread and racism in the deep south would cease to exist.
That’s what being young is all about. You have the courage and the daring to think that you can make a difference.
Forty years later, she marvels at her naivete and innocence. But who knows? Perhaps she did touch even one person’s heart and mind and plant the seed of change.
Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind you have failed.
Jan de Hartog
Such “magical thinking” is not limited to the young. Dr. Francis Collins, one of the country’s leading geneticists and the former head of the Human Genome Project, told me about his trip to Nigeria at the age of thirty-nine to serve at a small mission hospital. In his story, which appears in my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, it didn’t take long for him to become disillusioned:
I began to wonder what on earth I was doing there. Before going to Nigeria, I had this image of myself as coming to save lives and help the whole country. Somehow my presence would make a difference. I would go back with exciting stories about how my efforts had made an impact on this part of the world. I began to conclude that I was a victim of a romantic and unrealistic vision, and began to count the days until I could go.
Ah, but then Collins dramatically saved the life of a young Nigerian farmer. And the following morning, in one life-changing, heart-stopping moment, he learned what saving the world looks like. Click here to read that story.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
Just click on the link below to download your free PDF sampler!
THROUGH GOD’S EYES PDF SAMPLER
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.