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Faith – A Strategy You Can Believe In


Helen_Keller_Quote_3Parallels in life abound.  There are common threads among relationships, motivation, discipline, healing, teaching; just to name a few.  Parallels, not in the sense of a common denominator of the concepts themselves, but in how these concepts are applied in various scenarios of life.  And becoming “good” at life is the ultimate goal, yes?

 

 

 

“As a manager, I learned over time that raising children, in all its glory, excitement and occasional pain, contained specific lessons or approaches to be learned that very effectively carried over to managing people in a business environment.  Aspects like motivation, discipline, analysis, problem-solving, personal development and team-building; shared threads of process, insight and self-awareness that could be woven or stitched together to form a cohesive and compassionate strategy to not only accomplish work, but more importantly, develop character, integrity and a sense of purpose in others when viewed and appreciated as precious human beings.”

BelieveEqually, there is learning in the interaction, conversation and sense of accomplishment one experiences when it is shared among individuals.  A key ingredient, however, in the pursuit of introspective and effective leadership can be distilled into one word and one goal; compassion and building trust.

As with many individuals, some things you learn throughout the course of living, present themselves as simply profound and  just stick with you throughout the remainder of your life.  For me, one of those “things” was a quote from a management guru, Gordon Shea, as contained in a 1984 Management Briefing for the AMA (American Management Association ).

“Trust is the ultimate intangible. It has no shape or substance, yet it empowers our actions. And its presence or absence can govern our behavior as if it were a tangible force. . . . Trust is the ‘miracle ingredient’ in organizational life–a lubricant that reduces friction, a bonding agent that glues together disparate parts, a catalyst that facilitates action. No substitute–neither threat nor promise–will do the job as well.”

Footprints_2And speaking of parallels, let’s make the quantum leap from business back to life; from trust to its foundation; faith.  If not steeped in trust, what is faith?  Faith is that trust or belief in something or someone that cannot be seen, touched or perceived by our physical senses, but only felt and experienced with our heart.

When one looks at life from a macro perspective, the essence of life is faith.  Faith that the core essentials of our physical being will be provided (food, clothing and shelter).  Faith that a means to provide for those essentials will be obtained (job).  Faith that our emotional, psychological and meta-physical health will be attained….  You see, Faith is indeed, a strategy for life.

Faith, not in the sense of simply the word, but critically, in the sense of the belief in God, eternal life, salvation and a sense of purpose.  Faith is life, as is the oxygen we breathe, the water we drink and the sun we embrace as warmth.  Faith is perhaps, the Spiritual DNA of our existence as human beings; as children of God.

Faith is nurtured, cultivated and undeniably grows within each of us as our self-awareness develops and we acknowledge and accept the reality and presence of the supernatural force we call “God”.

Be well, or should I say, “Keep the Faith”.

 

After Further Review the Ruling Stands as Called – We are Spiritual Beings


nflThere is nothing like the post-season in the NFL (National Football League) to get the adrenalin pumping in your veins in anticipation of the Super Bowl; well, almost nothing.  In truth, as critical as many football FAN-atics believe the game is (and I emphasize GAME), it pales in comparison to the noble pursuit of answering the question of our lifetime, “Why are we here?”

I address this specific question in my book, “Not in Vein – Miracle within my Soul”:

“Many of us live a majority of our lives without regularly taking or making time to authentically contemplate our being and self.  Consequently, we have a somewhat limited and less than ideal knowledge and perception of who we are as human beings, not to mention why we are.

Then, consider the scenario of whether or not we have come to a conclusion and acceptance of where we are going after we leave this life.  Collectively, many if not most people have starved their spiritual being, resulting in a reduced awareness and sense of self, spirit, soul, potential, purpose and future.

This starvation has become an epidemic in our world and society to the point that our mortal lives here on earth have grossly overshadowed our spiritual lives and the gift of consciousness we all possess; a gift that has gone grossly unnoticed, under-appreciated and overlooked as the true miracle that it is.”

Somewhere, along the plane of existence in our collective timeline, we have lost sight and comprehension of the larger (and more important) purpose of our physical life, moreover, where it stands in relation to the subject of each of our eternal lives.

The best articulated description of the Human “condition” I’ve ever seen or heard is from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French philosopher and Jesuit Priest, who chronicled his thoughts in this manner:

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

optical_illusionIt effectively turns your frame of reference on its head, much like those optical illusion pictures that challenge you to decide if you see a young attractive or old woman.

The concept underlying these optical illusion pictures is that our minds formulate the picture we see based on our past experiences, what we have been taught and our core belief system we have individually and uniquely adopted.  We have been, in effect, programmed to perceive our world in specific ways.

Likewise, we have limited our awareness and comprehension of constructs and issues that dwell outside the norm of our physical lives.

With regard to faith, God and religion, our thoughts, ergo, our lives and existence, are largely bound by our physical limitations of the earthly knowledge each of us possesses.

To this point, I contend that the REAL Life each of us has, in terms of eternity, first begins or will resume, AFTER we physically die.  Kind of throws a BIG wrench into the fan, yes?  This physical life we experience undoubtedly has purpose and meaning, however, it is but a miniscule part of the whole as opposed to a random and mutually exclusive event in the universe.

We are too special a creation to not have and deserve a prominent place in eternity; and that place is with God and those we love.

Taken in that Light, it is infinitely more comprehensible to accept the reality of higher consciousness and its eternal nature.  It works for me, today and forever.  Be well.

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