For the longest time I have been a student of history. Perhaps it is because I buy into the general belief that: “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This quote is attributed to Jorge Agustin Nicolas Ruiz de Santayana y Borras, better known as George Santayana, in The Life of Reason, 1905, though it is most often attributed to Sir Winston Churchill who actually never uttered those words.
While I do believe that, from a spiritual perspective, we are bound to repeat experiences until we “remember” the lesson(s) we were born to do, today I choose to focus and modify somewhat a quote from our former President, Theodore Roosevelt, who said:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
I wrote previously about the two emotions that we have been endowed with as souls: love and fear (See, On Being One … And Of The Power Of Fear). Perhaps, like me, you read Mr. Roosevelt’s quote speaks to the fact that, while we create our reality through our thoughts (i.e., the energy goes to wherever and whatever we focus on), transmitted through our words, we must also take action if we are to manifest our desire. And perhaps like me, you have noticed that most of us tend to make our decision based on fear. That is, we have been brought up and educated both by our educational system and by the media to assume the worst. Why? Because if I can make you fear for your well-being unless you do what I tell you, then you will obediently follow my commands. Yet, when we open our hearts; when we understand that, from a spiritual perspective, there is nothing to fear for we are eternal beings; when we base our decisions on love, we get closer to Spirit, God, Source, Infinite, whatever you wish to call it. In doing so, we remember that we are Soul and live a life of joy regardless of our circumstances. Easy to do? Not even remotely for we are still human beings with built-in chemical responses to our outside environment. That is why, paraphrasing Mr. Roosevelt:
The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is illuminated by love; who strives valiantly with an open heart; who re-experiences opportunities to remember that s/he is Soul, because there is no growth without experiences; but who does actually strive to do the deeds with an open heart; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause to be of service to his fellow human beings, animals and the planet; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of living in and for love, and who at the worst, if s/he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his/her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who lived in fear.
As always, I welcome all feedback and comments. Wishing all days filled with laughs and giggles, Jean-Pierre
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