A Worthy Ideal for 2011

Mentors - Bennie Harris

"The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one."

   As of this writing we are 15 days into the New Year of 2011 and the race is on!!! In the greater Los Angeles, California community and the United States in general, there is, I believe, a great sense of anticipation and expectancy. The challenges of 2010 are behind us and the joy and hope of 2011 are still before us. I experience this daily in my, "social media" connections and in the considerable number of emails that I filter through. Yes, the RACE is ON!

   But, what are we as a people racing towards? I still have a number of friends and acquaintances' working abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan as Contractor's for the various companies, some of them now on their 6th and 7th years. I personally did the very same thing from August 2004 through June 2009. Being stateside for more than a year now has allowed me the opportunity to reflect on this experience to determine my "Lessons Learned." What was I "Racing Towards", what was I "Working On" or "Working For?"

   In a recent workshop, one of my Mentor's shared that; "We are all giving our lives for something, so what are you giving yours for?" "Whatever it is; is it worthy of your life?" What a statement to catch ones attention!

   In "The Strangest Secret" recorded by Earl Nightingale, he states that; "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal." Success is something that we all seek and this by far is the most enlightened definition that I've yet to come across.

   Reflecting on my 5 year Iraq experience, I re-framed it in light of; "The Progressive Realization of a Worthy Ideal." Now, I've committed to doing the same for 2011. As opposed to chasing the money; I choose to only be involved with the; "Progressive Realization of a Worthy Ideal."

   I recognize that for some, the "Worthy Ideal" may actually be the money and the stuff, but at the same time, I'm reminded of a few verses of scripture found in the book of Matthew. Matt; 6:25 and 6:33;

"...Take no thought (undue concern) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink.....is not life more than meat and the body more than raiment?"

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

   Considering Earl Nightingale's bit of wisdom regarding "worthy ideal" and the ancient wisdom found in the Book of Matthew, what would 2011 look like if we were all consciously involved with these ideas?

   What about these ideas as opposed to the mind-numbing chatter of "Left & Right" wing talk-radio, the mindless, self-centered pursuit of more money and more stuff or the endless pointing of fingers in response to recent tragedies? What might our individual and collective lives look like?

   There's nothing inherently wrong with the pursuit of more money and more stuff, but if this is the only life that we're given on this plane of existence, what are we willing to trade it for? Aren't our  lives worth more than a few more dollars, a new house, a new car or the pursuit of more stuff?

In closing, I'll share a bit of wisdom from Wallace D. Wattles, from 1911 found in; "The Science of Being Great"


Hurry and Habit

   No doubt you have many problems, domestic, social, physical, and financial, which seems to you to be pressing for instant solution. You have debts which must be paid, or other obligations which must be met; you are unhappily or in-harmoniously placed, and feel that something must be done at once. Do not get in a hurry and act from superficial impulses. You can trust God for the solution of all your personal riddles. There is no hurry. There is only God, and all is well with the world.

   There is an invincible power in you, and the same power is in the things you want. It is bringing them to you and bringing you to them. This is a thought that you must grasp, and hold continuously –that the same intelligence which is in you is in the things you desire. They are impelled toward you as strongly and decidedly as your desire impels you toward them. The tendency, therefore, of a steadily held thought must be to bring the things you desire to you and to group them around you. So long as you hold your thought and your faith right, all must go well. Nothing can be wrong but your own personal attitude, and that will not be wrong if you trust and are not afraid.

   Hurry is a manifestation of fear; he who fears not has plenty of time. If you act with perfect faith in your perceptions of truth, you will never be too late or too early; and nothing will go wrong. If things appear to be going wrong, do not get disturbed in mind; it is only in appearance. Nothing can go wrong in this world but yourself; and you can go wrong only by getting into the wrong mental attitude. Whenever you find yourself getting excited, worried or into the mental attitude of hurry, sit down and think it over; play a game of some kind or take a vacation.

   As surely as you find yourself in the mental attitude of haste, you may surely know that you are out of the mental attitude of greatness. Hurry and fear will cut your connection with Universal Mind; you will get no power, no wisdom, and no information until you are calm. And to fall into the attitude of hurry will check the action of the Principle of Power within you. Fear turns strength into weakness.

   Remember that poise and power are inseparably associated. The calm and balanced mind is the strong and great mind; the hurried and agitated mind is the weak one.

We'll discuss "Habit" in our next article.


Wallace D. Wattles, excerpted from; "The Science of Being Great" 1911





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