Saturday, March 14, 2015
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.” We don’t know what it is, but we know that there is something more. What does it all mean? Most of us, even some pretty hard-boiled agnostics, are at least curious about the possibility of experiencing the transcendent. Are you a spiritual being? If your answer is, “Yes.” are you following a spiritual path? Are you practicing the disciplines and fulfilling the obligations of your tradition? Are you actually doing those things that you believe will bring you closer to God or enlightenment or whatever you think might be out there that might help you achieve self actualization? Are you studying the scriptures? Are you praying or meditating or practicing some kind of ritual on a regular basis? Are you worshiping with and learning from others on the same path? If you say you are a spiritual person but you are not doing spiritual things, you are kidding yourself. We all have a way to go on this one. I haven’t met any ascended masters—yet, but I am privileged to know a few believers who have climbed to heights that I have not yet experienced. Several years ago, one of these people, burdened with guilt, felt the need to confess his sins to me. It was one of those moments when I found myself on Holy ground. His deeply honest, heartfelt confession was more like the confession of an eight year old child than a grown man with a family and serious professional responsibilities. I felt a little like Isaiah when he cried out, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Take a half hour, sit down and construct your quality of life list. Include your physical health, the components of your social life, your psychological wellbeing, and since this is a personal finance blog; ask how your inner homo economicus is faring. Jim Rohn observes, “Goals are like magnets.” It is a good analogy. Just like goals, big powerful magnets will exert a greater power on an object than weak little magnets. An object that is aligned with the poles of a magnet will experience a greater force at the same distance when compared with an object that is out of alignment with the poles of the magnet. Goals that are congruent with our inner values will exert a greater power than goals that conflict with our real self. I doubt if Jim Rohn knows that in most cases the strength of a magnet field declines as the cube of the distance from the magnet. This means the strength of a field two feet from an object will only be 1/8 as strong as the field at one foot. A goal that is too distant will not exert much force on our every day life. If you see any area on your list that could use some work, come up with a measurable goal that will help you achieve a balanced healthy lifestyle. Start with the area that hurts the worst.