‘I will form good habits and become their slave.’- Og Mandino.
Well there’s a challenge if ever I saw one!
The true simplicity of The Karate Kid‘s Mr Miyagi training ‘Daniel-san’ in subtle, yet meaningfully contrived ways, is entirely profound.
Much in the same way as the necessity for me to adhere to, and administer, the requirements of various of the daily tasks associated with my continued journey of self-discovery and self-guidance this week : my epiphany (that moment of blinding clarity) will stay with me for the longest time – both for the succinct sharpness and for the simplicity of it.
Most especially, given the journey I embarked upon – the irony of this is not lost on me – thinking I was so on top of my game with my planning, strategy and focus.
Meet Ralph – A Most Sage and Aware Individual
One requirement for this week was reading Ralph Waldo Emerson’s observations and theory on The Law Of Compensation – a beautiful read, sophisticated in its very style and nature, caused me to read and re-read, ponder and think; but then, is that not the purpose and intent of good quality, reflective, thought provoking writing?
‘Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess. …’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘The value of the universe contrives to throw itself into every point. If the good is there, so is the evil; if the affinity, so the repulsion; if the force, so the limitation.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
‘Life invests itself with inevitable conditions, which the unwise seek to dodge, which one and another brags that he does not know, brags that they do not touch him;—but the brag is on his lips, the conditions are in his soul.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s some pretty heavy-going food for thought right here and now!
A true standout for me personally was :
‘A man cannot speak but he judges himself. With his will or against his will he draws his
portrait to the eye his companions by every word’.
Wow!! Did I learn this one this week!
Powerful powerful stuff!
The irony of this is not lost on me. The irony of this is not lost on me. At a cognitive practice level we were not supposed to engage in judgement-based or opinionactivity … easier said than done right?! Judgements, opinions, knowledge of a subject – it all weighs upon us and we have this amazing desire to help others by sharing the story, including the judgement …I’m guessing for the collective collaboration of mutual thought?
I consider myself neither judgemental, nor opinionated, though I do believe I have views on most every little thing!