What stems from the accepted norm of following, camouflaged as friending, polite networking or socializing? The inevitable realization that one may not be on their chosen path later in life. There’s a time for everything including, learning, nurturing and loving but remember, if a person loses their place in purpose i.e. following others God given dreams, they may end up lost in a world of personal darkness. In this, they’d be blind by definition, otherwise not fit for those who follow them!
This is why true leaders lead, thus bringing forth new leaders to continue the process of growth, prosperity and the continuation of light within the world. Leaders continuously sacrifice for the purposes of parenting, friending and leading others to find this coveted light; which of course is already within you. Question is, which are you?
Would you know greatness if you saw it? Would you recognize it immediately, smile, let down your guard momentarily and model respect within its company? Of course you would; selfies, fist bumps and autographs right?
We have a tendency to perk up around authoritative, confident and beautiful people. It’s just the human condition to warm up, get close, engage and become a part of what we’ve learned to respect, acknowledge and often idolize. Why? Because it’s a choice we’ve decided to give our attention to! Sounds a bit too simple at first, regarding the depths of realization, so allow me to emphasize. We place value on what we believe in, give time to or what’s been taught as a worthy thing.
Celebrities, athletes and authoritative figures become great by the acknowledgements of people like us. It’s often a slow process that builds over time. These figures whom we hold in high regard, develop who they are first! They relentlessly work on their craft, invest in themselves physically, mentally and spiritually with healthy activities, positive networkings, education and of course money. They often take great leaps of faith to obtain what’s needed to personify what they believe in and how they perceive themselves to be; which eventually reflects their level of success. Think about it, they believe in themselves, they invest in themselves and ultimately visualize themselves into fruition.
What’s the outcome? When we see or interact with them, we acknowledge them as beautiful, confident and of an authoritative status. Thus, we give them our undivided attention, our vote, our respect and to some degree our money (i.e. merchandising, donations and or investments).
Can you imagine if LeBron James entered a basketball stadium and suddenly none of his fans showed up to ever watch him play again? Nor ever buy his shoes, products or care to watch his televised games. He’ll still be 6 ft 8 inches tall, 249 lbs and one heck of an incredible athlete, BUT I can guarantee you he’ll soon lose endorsements, a place on the team and countless other avenues of passive income. Would he still be great? Of corse! If he believed in himself as a man of purpose, without the need of fans, sponsorship or sports.
Know that we, as the collective multitude are the ones who deem him worthy of greatness. Again, with our time, endorsements and money. Do you realize that there are incredible, powerful and spiritually important people around us everyday? Hidden potentials behind passive smiles, unknowing miracle workers buried under depression and not the least of which, greatness filled with the abilities of love and abundance gone unnoticed within a minefield of stress.
Again, would you really know greatness if you saw it? Guess it depends on who’ve you given a majority of attention to; right?
Here’s a suggestion; this is what I do in recognition of greatness. When I get up, at the start of my work day and gaze begrudgingly into the mirror trying to wake up, I remind myself that God created something great within me to achieve. I then acknowledge my wife as she sleeps in with the kids as the greatest woman, mother and friend God has provided for my calling. And most of all, I praise God for another chance to lead by example, provide for my family and interact with people whom I can help find the greatness within themselves!
In conclusion, I’m surrounded by greatness everyday! In you, in me and in God’s creation of a blessed life worth acknowledging as your own. So again, would you know greatness if you saw it? For starters, try looking in the mirror! Start investing more time, love and forgiveness into your heart, as well as what God has already embedded within you. Soon after, when this is accomplished, start to look at others the same way! Only then, will greatness go without question.
God bless you, you amazingly beautiful person of greatness!
I thank God I’ve learned to use the circumstances of negative opinions, outcomes and attacks as fuel towards my purpose. This as opposed to allowing the energetic vibrations of others to simply fade away. Although positive fuel burns brighter in the form of inspiration, negative fuel converted properly, at the least; can be used as a specific type of motivation. (i.e. the motivation to stop and reflect deeper within oneself.)
Of course my all-time go to is God and what he embedded within my heart, but every now and then I do get a boost from those who can’t help but to conjure up their best opinions against my spiritual understandings or actions. I’m sure they’re trying to give their best heartfelt advice, but it shouldn’t turn into a “I’m right and you’re wrong” conversation. Here’s a few quick examples:
An atheist (a self-proclaimed witch) reviewed my book The Consciousness of Man. She stated that she was disheartened and she didn’t like my books, being it didn’t share the worldly views of nonbelievers. I commented back to her thank you for the review and to please visit my website at her leisure.
An associate of mine (a chronic chain smoker) became increasingly adamant as to why I needed to eat meat and dairy for protein, as opposed to my choice of becoming a vegan. He was so caught up in his opinions, he stated that choosing to go vegan was very dangerous for my body.
Lastly, I put a banana in the window above my desk, simply to bask in the sunlight prior to consuming its heightened values of nutrients. Minutes later after returning, I found that this simple act of placing a part of my lunch in the window, soon turned into an enormous controversial debate over politics, advertisement and racial inequalities. How? From a standing position a few feet from the area, the banana with the beautiful brightness of the day behind it, casts a dark image which looks exactly like the NIKE logo! Need I say more? (concerning an athlete’s choice of protest and a corporations brilliant business move.)
Here’s what I’m trying to say, a shoe is just a shoe for the specific purposes of dress, activity or casual wear. Still to date, I haven’t seen any democrats or republicans burning their toupees because they disagree with our current president’s decision methods. If one’s choice is to not believe in God, then maybe reviewing a book subtitled “a Guide Through the Darkness” isn’t in best regards to one’s personal genre; especially if they practice witchcraft.
And lastly, for the sake of all mental clarity, if one is born with the physical genetics of a 125 lb triathlete, with the ability to pull off wearing yoga pants just for the heck of it, i.e. shopping, attending parent teacher conferences or just to walk their dog, please stop overly simplifying diet and control to those of different challenges and physical compositions!
Bottom line, a choice is a choice and ones opinion is just that; one’s opinion! We buy into things that presumably make us feel worthy, happy or fulfilled, and that’s okay; to each their own. Only when it comes to becoming unsettled, opinionated or angry at others ideas, reasonings or understandings, it turns into something unnecessarily negative. This as opposed to the energetic, positive sharing of influential communication we should share as friends, families or acquaintances!
How as a society can we connect, learn and grow if we’re misunderstanding, judging or fighting one another on a constant basis? Which brings me to my conclusion, It’s not that we don’t like, care to agree or even trust each other, but maybe we really don’t know who we are or what we truly stand for; which in turn misrepresents our belief systems, conscious awareness and ultimately our personal opinions.
The Nike corporation didn’t deceive us, nor did our president, they’ve been doing their thing from the very start. Bottom line, they know exactly what they want, stand for and promote. The real question is, do we really know what we want or stand for? Do we have our own motto, family-quarterly business meetings and goal setting standards in which to continuously improve upon? Or are we deceiving ourselves, readily awaiting to casts our views and opinions on another’s act of purpose? I mean come on, it was just a banana – in the window!
There are so many forms of advice and information out there, it’s amazingly mind-boggling isn’t it? Has it ever seem to overwhelm, distract or anger you? Maybe it’s starting to make you feel apprehensive or standoffish at the very sight of yet another person or source, seemingly suggesting you’re not really good enough and they have the secret formula for making life better, but at what price; right? Rather it’s to reel you in for a sale or maybe it’s at the expense of your time, in the sense that the advisor is trying to convince you of their authoritative status; maybe it’s something more insidious.
Either way, it’s unfortunate that over time good information has fallen subject to financial manipulation, misinformation and worse yet apathy. Know that this feeling isn’t natural! The sudden eagerness to question, combat with opinionated judgement or completely disregard truth within natural law has been cultivated and psychologically planted deep into our mental storehouse; specifically over the last several decades.
So what do we do? How can we decipher between good information and bad? The good news, bad news and now the ever-so present click-bait and fake news. For starters, let’s first acknowledge our personal levels of awareness. In this let’s take a good look at ourselves, current place in life regarding health, happiness and financial status, and if honestly feasible; mental state. If we as a society can get to this place in mindfulness, we stand a much better chance at perceiving, absorbing and becoming aware of the simple truth of things.
That is, we would have a formidable tool of advantage by developing within us the power of discernment. This in turn will further our acquirement of truth, knowledge and wisdom in the face of lies, wickedness and distractions.
Now with that said, who are we first; prior to seeking or being subjective to new, present or even past information? Knowing this will help answer or combat most delusions already manifested deep within our mindset.
So, here’s a simple awareness test in (possibly) figuring out how you not only perceive information, but also how you accept or reject past, present or future information. Thus, determining your level of success, awareness, contentment or subjectiveness to worldly news, views and understandings.
Do you believe in God?
And there it is! End of test.
If you believe, then your transition of understanding was probably like “yes, but where’s he going with this? If you don’t believe, you probably were like “here we go again! He had to church it up!”
Bottom line, it doesn’t matter in the sense of the question. I could’ve asked, do you believe in magic, love or the justice system. Either way, the point is that you already have an established go-to system and the principalities of this world depends upon it. Better question is, who put this go-to system in place? And, why do we implement this system hook line and sinker? This is why whether you believe or not, other entities believe in you! And, how impressionable your mind is at specific times.
What I’m trying to do is help people discover who they are, prior to any form of information gathering or receiving. For instance, are you cynical, in denial, happy or just a bit sarcastic? The answer to this question depends upon one’s current place in life right? If I asked do you believe in marriage, but you were recently divorced; you’d probably vent with a one-sided opinionated mouthful.
So this goes to say, at any given time we can change our “go-to” system of believing. This is why the media is the king of advertising. From toy commercials after school to million dollar ads during the Super Bowl that prove the powers that be believe in you! Why? Because they know that without proper discernment, you, I or anyone can be convinced of almost anything!
So after years of being deceived, convinced and manipulated, it’s safe to say that most people are suffering from mental, spiritual and trust issues. That was the original plan put in place, being the powers that be dread the day when people start to become awaken!
So, if you ever feel antagonistic, sick or religiously judgmental at the very sight of someone passionately holding a bible in the air, posting spiritual awareness info on social media or maybe even a friend or family member offering their best advice, know that it’s not you, but possibly a mental state place deeply within; preventing or distracting one from discovering the truth of light. You never know right? I guess it’s up to your discernment.