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Monday, June 15 2015

“Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

Good morning, friends!  No sense talking about the weather; it is what it is.  But what it is is hot, so stay safe this week, and drink lots of water.

Back in the day I was convinced people needed to hear my solutions.  In particular, I had one relation I desperately wanted to help with answers, but I was always stymied at the first step, ridicule.  I would give what I thought was a great idea, only to be rejected by some form of ridicule.  For years I thought something was wrong with my object of help, naïve as I was, until I learned that we all protect ourselves with ridicule and opposition.  Eventually I learned that if I planted my suggestions as seeds of thought, and weathered the rain of ridicule, and withstood the heat of opposition, I might see the fruit of successful self-evidence.  Maybe.

Although I learned of the gist of this quote years ago, more recently I learned of the personal nature of the quote.  What if you, and I, are the ridiculers and opposers?  And worse yet, what if we are ridiculing and opposing the very ideas we generate for ourselves that are best for our health, success, and dreams?  How can we do this to ourselves???

Let’s pretend.  Let’s imagine you need to re-evaluate your time commitments to create time for your health.  And further, that you need to begin moving more effectively and consistently.  And more still, that you know it’s not a quick fix but a long term need.  Nobody’s telling you this truth but yourself.  How many times have you told yourself some version of this story, or some other story of potential success, and left it laying in the dust with ridicule, or opposition?  Most, I bet.  It doesn’t matter where from the idea comes, if it’s new we protect ourselves. 

Now try this: plant the idea in yourself as a seed and make a commitment to protect the seed of a good idea.  Take your ridicule and move on.  Deal with the opposition and keep going.  Stick with the seed of that good idea until it becomes self-evident to you.  What may have wilted under ridicule or opposition might actually be the success you have long awaited!  Plant those seeds of successful ideas!  Give them a chance beyond the first or second rejection.  See them through to action and achievement!  You’ll be amazed at what you can and will do!  I have faith in you!  Have a great week.

John 3:1-21

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