“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”
Never let the keys of your mind be handed to somebody else. Never, ever, ever let another think for you. We, as human beings, have the ability to make mistakes, have poor mindsets, and hurt those around us but we should never allow ourselves to let go of the ability to make these choices, in hopes that somebody else will manage our lives better than we ourselves. I believe in a world where human beings ought to improve themselves on a daily basis; continually asking myself “How have I improved, today?” and expecting results that have been developed from discipline.
In order for this minset to be a realistic expectation for every day, discipline must be developed. This is one area where I freely admit I lack most in; consistent discipline in all areas of my life. My physical discipline is quite easy to manage, as I enjoy seeing the immediate results it provides. However, my mind and spiritual discipline leave much to be desired.
So, how does one find balance? Well, I’m learning to accept that life brings many steps and processes happening over the course of many years. It’s often been a weakness of mine to not have patience; disliking events that do not happen on my time frame, rather than trusting in G-d and His timing in life. The root of this is a selfish distrust in the G-d who created me. This is wrong. Identification of the problem is one of the best ways to fix it.
I am beginning to think the fix and solution for this problem is to push myself to work harder, think deeper, get more uncomfortable, and pursue G-d with reckless abandon. If these elements are placed in order, I believe core elements of life will come together in His timing.
Yet another page of life begins to turn…