Shakespeare Got it Right~
Each of us come to ‘the journey’ from all different backgrounds, with various life experiences, wearing different lenses that yield a variety of perspectives. Yet, here we are….each of us on a discovery to see the dreams that lie deep within us, and for most of us, latent. Life does that to us, unfortunately. Mark J refers to the ‘red pencil’ syndrome, which points out and circles each mistake. It’s an orientation that we’ve come to expect. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring out our creativity or lead us to fulfilled dreams. Instead, we sought to become ‘good little students’ so we could get a star on our paper instead of red marks all over it.
This week, in addition to all the daily reads and exercises, I enjoyed finding some great articles and videos online. The title of my blog post, ‘To Thine Own Self be True’ informs readers that Shakespeare was one of my ‘reads’ this week. What truth lies in the words he penned, “This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thous canst not then be false to any man.” Simple, yet profound. Many, myself included, have sought so hard to please those who could not be pleased. This cycle can become the ‘main event’ of a person’s life….to get the affirmation wanted from another person. Shakespeare, apparently pondered these matters and penned his thoughts so we too would ponder these profound truths. It’s a great day, when we shift from trying to ‘control the uncontrollable’………to controlling the only thing that we do have responsibility for, and that is ourselves. It truly becomes a ‘self-discovery!’
What are You ‘Thinking?’~
Our thoughts are very powerful and what we think about really matters. We may think it doesn’t matter, and may even rationalize that no one knows our thoughts, so we can spend our mental time feasting wherever and on whatever we wish. This couldn’t be further than the truth. It does matter. We read in our master key lesson this week, that ‘thought results in action, and if our thought is constructive and harmonious, the result will be good; if our thought is destructive or inharmonious, the result will be evil.’ This concept was further demonstrated through the lives of two different men, both of which wanted the same ideals but achieved much different results. Emerson loved the good and his life was a symphony of peace and harmony. Carlyle hated the bad, and his life was a record of perpetual discord and disharmony. Both men were passionate, being described as having a strong emotion toward something; Emerson loving the good and Carlyle hating the bad. We learn from this example that we should focus on the object of our love, not on things we hate. It’s similar to what we learned earlier, that we should focus on what we ‘want’ in life, not that which we ‘don’t want.’ Becoming aware of this and applying the wisdom of this lesson can yield great returns. Therefore, be mindful of what you are thinking……….it does matter!