I recall watching an interview between Steve Balllmer of Microsoft and Steve Jobs of Apple.

Steve Ballmer said something like:

“Vision is not important.”


“Vision is cheap.”

And I remember immediately thinking: what an utterly foolish thing to say. Steve Jobs may not have been an easy man but he was a visionary. I remember watching him smile when Ballmer said that.

Vision is exceptionally important. The Indians broke the universe into heaviness, movement and clarity. Chariot – Horses – Charioteer. A charioteer without a vision is lost in depreciating circles of distraction.

Without trust in the right caliber of vision we do not aspire to our potential and so we do not reach it.

To vision you harness pragmatism and you follow its natural evolution.

To fish for vision you must attend to what is intelligent. Both emotionally and at the level of deep understanding of the whole. Then you can be a master beekeeper. Or do whatever is attuned to your gifts in the “Narnia wardrobe” of our minds.

I don’t use that word “Narnia,” in the sense of C.S Lewis’s book but in the root story of the word: the town of Narnia in the center of Italy used to be called Nequinum but in 299 BC the Romans conquered it and changed the name to Narnia.

Nequinium means “I am unable” or the state of “worthlessness.” The river near the town is called the Nar River. Narnia was named after the river and it became an important town on a trade road. C. S Lewis liked the name and created a world in a wardrobe in a story book. It is a very old town.

To go from the state of worthlessness, from “I am unable” to the Narnia of a different state by an abundant river.

That’s what I mean when I play with the phrase:

“Narnia wardrobe” of our minds; our furnaces of transformative meaning.

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