Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Learning to thrive in the midst of our weakness

Do you think Mother Theresa or Ghandi ever had a bad day? Do you think that they ever said some things that they shouldn't have said or had a bad attitude? Do you think that they did some stupid things? Made some big mistakes?  Even the greatest men and women to walk this planet have had their share of personal struggles. It's hard to picture Mother Theresa, (someone who many would regard as a saint) , with a bad attitude. Maybe a snarky or snappy tone of voice when communicating with those close to her?  Catch her at the right time though and in the right challenging circumstances and this just might be the case. Under the right amount of pressure, anyone can get a little snippy. Anyone can be tempted to act out of character and give into the temptation saying or doing things that they might regret. Every great inspiring leader has weakness. They may have great influence for the positive but they still have an imperfect human side. Great men and women aren't without weakness, they simply have chosen to rise up in spite of their weakness.  To overcome weakness and even choosing to rise in the midst of it. They have learned to focus on building their strengths and to manage their weaknesses.... The greatest battle we all face in life is the battle within our own self.  It is the battle within that must be won. The battle over our focus. Over our temptations. Our emotions.  A battle over our beliefs about ourselves, others and our life.  Great men and women, through practice, have become skilled at living by good principles. They have learned to not make decisions with on the whim of their emotions but instead on the firm foundation of moral principle.  They have become skilled at the art of mastering their emotions. Could you imagine what our lives would be like if we made every decision on emotion rather than good wisdom principles founded in logic and reason?  If we just chose to do whatever sounds or feels good in the moment?  Sounds like a description for a painful, short lived life doesn't it?  If we wish to live a good life with less pain then we must choose to truly value wisdom.  If we truly value it then we will pursue it.  When we recognize its true value then we will run after it, hunt it down, capture it and make it a part of us.  We will trade all that we have for it and it will reward us with all that it has.  It's reward is a life well lived.  It's reward is an ability to overcome personal struggles within.  It's reward is an ability to prosper in what we do and have more to give to others.  It's reward is an ability to reach our greatest potential and dig out all of the treasure within ourselves.  It's reward is rewarding relationships and an ability to influence others for the positive.  When we make the personal decision to grow in wisdom, become better, stronger and  more prosperous, we are also making the decision to help our fellow man.  What the world needs is not more mediocre but instead, men and women who rise to their potential, achieving greatness. To rise to their place of positive influence, letting their light shine in the midst of a sometimes dark world.  I am so grateful for the men and women that have gone before us as shining examples of lives not perfect, yet well lived.  Someone once said "the best message preached, is a life well lived."  Your life is your message. 

Thank you for taking the time to read. I hope this inspired you. If so, please share it with your friends.  Blessings- Rob Lovegreen

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