Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Stranger to The Tony Robbins Experience 
A poem about lives that are changed by a stranger 
A video about a life that is changed by Tony Robbins 

The Stranger (story/poem) 

A morning like all others but for this
An odd familiar stranger walked through town
Awakened interest no soul cared to frown
He knows something we dare not want to miss
Soon neighbors starting talking as they should
Once small town strangers, learned to make new friends
Discovering they walked toward common ends
An adventure with good friends this feels quite good
Eventually the party swept all in
The stranger led them up a coastal hill
Here now familiar town began to mill
We know this stranger with his saintly grin
Then from the evening sky a blazing star
It struck and all they left was torn away
With no one hurt clear miracle in play
This day could not get any more bizarre
A song of hope the friends now undertook
They all lost something less than they had gained
The one that saved them now attentions trained
He’s gone and all he left us was this book 

Strangers become friends as a town is saved in this story/poem.  A simple enclosed rhyme pattern (ABBA) is used in this poem. A rhyming verse was used, instead of a free form, to make this poem sound more traditional. Metaphor within the poems has been minimized so that the reader can focus on the metaphor of the story/poem. 

No, I don't have a direct example to go with this poem. Let's try this out. It was 2000 and the Masonic Lodges of the Bay Area were rejuvenated. Men again were active. Men again were joining. There was one big problem. Newly initiated brothers had to learn about the fraternity and set a small portion of the ritual to memory. A personal coach was assigned to each candidate to help him advance. The problem was most men didn't advance. The very conservative Fred Nielsen and I had an idea. What if, instead of a single coach, we set up a class? What if, instead of dictating what Masonry is, we let men tell us what the fraternity meant to them? What if we open these classes to all Lodges? It was a rough first year because the idea was so new. The first written record of the Freemasons was in 1646. Candidate training hadn't changed until 2002, when Fred and I came into the picture. New men are joining, advancing and improving a valuable organization. 

Here was an example of two guys who changed an age old organisation. We may not have been average. But neither of us were rich or powerful. Neither of us were part of those running the fraternity in California. Neither of us were captains of industry or chiefs of squads. doctors or lawyers and all that. But we may not have been average. None of us are average. We are all special. We are all gifts. Gifts to bless the world around us. Easy to see an organisation changed by two guys. Not so easy to see the depth of a smile. A friendly hello. An act of kindness. See how special we are? The dawn of a new morning; it might be us, so Enjoy. 

Back to the story/poem: Lord Huron "The Stranger" 

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Tony Robbins is a successful buinessman, author, and philanthropist. He became well known from his infomercials and self-help books: "Unlimited Power", "Unleash the Power Within" and "Awaken the Giant Within". Then there's JP Sears JP is a YouTuber. He runs AwakenWithJP. Let'see; What else can I say about him? 
Oh yes; He made a video. "The Tony Robbins Experience - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 40"

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  1. We each have our own special things about us indeed

  2. Very nice post! I am very fond of the wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh!

    1. Thank you for the compliment.
      So glad to bring you joy

  3. I think a class was a good idea.
    Nice post.

    1. So do the Masons.
      Thank you. Always great to see you

  4. We can learn from anyone. And should be open to that learning.

    1. As it turned out, listening gave us new insight into our performance.
      So you're right
      thank you

  5. It's a beautiful thought in your poem, to lose less than you gain. I'm glad you thought of a way to help the membership in your group.

    1. Thank you for the compliment and the gift of your thoughts

  6. A stranger can come into your life and forever change it for the better your life is enriched by this encounter.

    I am not very familiar with your organization, but I do know they believe in a higher being of some sorts. Creator/God.

    Your poem reminds me that sometimes people come into our lives for a reason.

    The elephants in the video reminded me of a dream I had where I rode on an elephant through glass doors and into the street. It was decorated and I felt humbled.

    1. Stellar addition to this edition.
      Thank you for your time.
      We Masons must believe in a supreme being, but we cannot force our belief on anyone else

  7. Love this Martin. Love Tony Robbins and what he stands for. Blessings...bkm