We are each bombarded and besieged every minute of every hour of every day, year after year by people and events vying for our attention and response. No wonder it’s so easy to fall prey to those with power, money and influence. Not only are we willing victims of unethical and amoral avarice, we are socialized from our earliest interactions to believe and agree to this struggle of commercial success versus condemnation. As a result many of the world’s people turn to one of mankind’s religions, only to find even their religion has been co-opted and is part of a ‘rigged game’. Where do they go then to find relief or hope? For God seems to have turned His back on both believers and non alike.
We crave His presence and deny His existence when it suits us depending on our needs and wants of the moment. We want to believe, but not really. We would like to listen to what He has to say to us, but only if and when it fits into our personal goals and desires. We cry out for His help when we have dug a hole so deep that despair reigns in our hearts, minds and souls. Then we curse His name when He fails to hear or respond immediately.
Into this massive mix of vicious contention and consternation we are inoculated with the trappings of the world; fame, celebrity, excess, and all the fruits of disobedience, rebellion and self-indulgence.
At issue is the fact that no matter how many others we cohabitate or interact with, we are alone with ourselves and our choices twenty-four hours each day. We each must face and be responsible for the decisions and choices we make, thereby suffering or benefitting from the outcomes or fallout. It’s easy to see how we can become mired in the muck of our own making, or seemingly caught in a continuous chain of ‘two steps forward, three steps back’.
How does one end this behavioral insanity? How does one make ‘a course correction’? How do you ‘start fresh’ given your history and litany of mistakes, or “errors in judgment”?
First; You must want to change.
Next; You must be willing to accept ‘the new you’.
Third; You must find the worthiness that lives in the core of your being, which permeates your soul.
Fourth; You must understand that only you know what is in your best interest, that others are out to use or abuse you for their own interests, and that you can know the difference between the two in every instance starting today.
Fifth; You have made mistakes and choices of inappropriate behavior in the past, which do not control or dictate your future choices and decisions.
Sixth; You must forgive yourself, knowing that you were who you were then and choose to be a different person now and in the future.
Seven; You must understand that although this path is easy to stay on, it’s easier to fall off and remain off. It will not seem or feel easy at first, and then it will appear to be even more difficult once you have started your journey.
Eight; You are not alone. Thousands of people over millennia have struggled and been where you are now, but found the inner strength and fortitude to persevere to overcome their pasts and the circumstances which held them hostage.
Nine; You are not alone. Millions of people in your world today live with and in circumstances far worse than yours.
Ten; You are not alone. There exists a universal spiritual power which will abide within you and guide you every step of the way, should you choose to blossom into the ‘New You’.
Think about and reflect on these as you begin your journey:
You must believe that God exists.
Then you must understand His desire is that we each be like Him in Nature and Character; (Love & Truth, exhibited by Ethics & Morals)
The most powerful evidence for God’s love for us are His gifts of creation, followed by Free Will.
God wants us to think and respond globally (universally). Realizing that we are one, despite our differences. The antithesis of this is, thought and behavior focused primarily on self.
‘Good and Evil’ is not about being good or bad, it’s about doing what is right (ethically & morally) or not, and responding to others’ (inappropriate) choices as God responds to us; with compassion to forgive.
Once we understand our decisions feed and dictate the outcomes of our choices, we must accept responsibility for the results.
The world’s troubles are born of covertness fueled by greed and the opportunities to blame others using tools of hatred; racism, xenophobia, misogyny.
We must understand and accept that the world will not change. We must change our choices, responses, actions and reactions in ourselves, in our life, and in our small sphere of influence. This is the only way to make ‘our world’ better, and different from what it has been.
We have both the capacity and the impetus to live with, or without correction. That choice is grounded in spirituality, or the lack thereof.
Like it or not we all are, and will be held accountable for our ethical and moral turpitude. That’s the essence of life’s contract.
Each experience by way of choice envelops a lesson to be learned and subsequently applied in the future. This is the fundamental of growth, or maturation, enabling each of us the opportunity to choose differently, and more wisely in the future.
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