Putting the “Pie in the Sky” in Your Mouth

Every day we use turns of phrase without a clue about their origin, or what they really mean.
‘Pie in the Sky’ has to me always meant something unrealistic, a dream unconnected to reality, unobtainable, and usually plain silly.
But how did I know that? The image of a pie in the sky doesn’t really make a lot of sense.

It turns out the origin is in a song written by a man called Joe Hill, a Swedish immigrant in the US in the early 20th century who was union man. 

He got really upset with the Salvation Army for telling poor and starving workers to have faith in God and Heaven and donate money to the church and not worry about the practicality of getting food.
This angered Hill, and he wrote this song, The Preacher and the Slave:
Long-haired preachers come out every night,
Try to tell you what’s wrong and what’s right;
But when asked how ’bout something to eat
They will answer with voices so sweet:
You will eat, bye and bye,
In that glorious land above the sky;
Work and pray, live on hay,
You’ll get pie in the sky when you die.
Now I am not sure whether the Salvation Army heeded his song, but today they do amazing work to feed, clothe and house the poor.
The lesson to me is stark. If you have a lofty vision, a vision that can seem beyond reach, there must be ways that people can see it being a reality, and it must have some relevance to them. It needs practical application here and now and to meet people’s needs. Bob Norton has devised a Vision Pie about the 11 required elements of a successful vision. 
In my upcoming book, Love Your Brother from Another Mother, I cover how and why we must show the pathway from Pie in the Sky to Pie in Your Mouth.

Our Time

Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times
One of our greatest fears is time.
Not enough, or too much.
It comes up every day for people in their work and leadership. Most often it is problem number one.
People are always busy and if they are not, they worry about what they should be doing.
Time stops being a problem when people are engaged in a vision far greater than themselves.
Think of a time when you have completely lost track of time. Chances are you were engrossed in some element of your vision, for yourself or for the world. You were fully engaged.
Time stops being a problem when we embed those memories of those moments when we were so engaged we became lost in time.
The bigger the game we play, the less stressed we are about time.

Our vision enables us to navigate time powerfully.

Worry about time is replaced by clarity.
We devote time to what will further the game.
Time is not wasted. We get efficient and focused.
“ Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action, just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord.” Eckhart Tolle.
When we are in touch with our vision, it becomes watermarked in every action we take each day; awake and asleep. We live and breathe it.
Fulfilling a vision with purpose spells an end to Downtime, and being Time Poor.
Your time becomes your Own Time and that becomes Our Time.
Our Time is to live and act now with a vision for others; to give and to receive.
This is Our Time.