“It is said that as far as the range of mental vision is concerned, there are four classes of human beings. First the mentally blind, who see no further than the present; second, the general who plans for a year; third, the genius who plans for a lifetime; fourth, the seer and prophet who plans for generations yet to be.” ~ J.C. Penney
While I was waiting at the hospital for my father’s checkup to complete, I was reading Lines Of A Layman by J.C. Penney where I came across the above statement. I sat there and thought about it for some time and had to share here in case it also stops you for a second to think to which class you belong.
I wish I could belong to the last one where the founding fathers of America, great geniuses of the present, and people who have made significant positive impact on humanity belong but I don’t. As a parent, I dream to see my children in that category but I can imagine the extent of responsibility that is bestowed upon individuals who become greater than life by their service and sacrifice.
I remember my mother’s words while growing up “You are going to become a Great man!” as she had the same dream for her children as I have for mine. Today, reading the sentences above made me go through a mental checkup of where I was in meeting my mother’s expectations and hopes. I’m not even close as I am focused on my family and the work to support it. I hope that as you read this, you are farther along in your pursuit of dreams and hopes. Perhaps there are stages in life and it’s a matter of focusing on the right responsibilities at each stage. I don’t know but I’m sure life will make it crystal clear.