Every once in a while it is critical to step back from the sound and fury of the day to day happenings and take stock of who we are and where we live. I have read a great deal this week, but mostly fiction and, of course, Sanjoseinside. Pass the straight line because the two are definitely different.
Lately, it seems like baseball and stem cell research are the predominant and dominating issues and topics of concern facing our City. Interesting. Both are significant for different reasons and each has a mighty hill to climb before we get near the summit. However, difficulty should not dissuade pursuit. Only judgment should do so.
Now here is where the perspective comes in.
What “is” important to San Jose?
Well, answering that involves knowing what is necessary to our citizens? What has great value?
The answer is certainly not our “greatness”, a meaningless word uttered by leaders with low vocabularies or bad speech writers. In the minds of many it is but an abstraction.
For my money, I think serenity is a higher goal. It is one of transcendent importance. It covers a distinct combination of prosperity, self confidence and a feeling of peaceful enjoyment of one’s life. Although, it is most elusive, its components are readily understandable.
In San Jose, our mix of economic riches, imagination and hope and a respect for others make serenity well within our reach. But we must reach for it. While we may disagree vehemently with some of the goals and methods of our leaders at City Hall, we must never discourage the longing, working, and reaching for the highest of goals.
As was once said quite well, “ A man’s reach must exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for.” This is a very laudable goal.
San Jose is not heaven, but our corner of the world must always be nutured and fought for if we are to achieve that special place that we wish, need, and can provide us with some serenity.