I just received an email from “LinkedIn” that brought a sad smile to my face. The notice was advising me that a friend had endorsed me for the life skill, 'strategic planning'. Even in the face of sadness, joy was called forth from deep within as I remembered and appreciated how the bond of our friendship remains true, its truth etched in many memories. His endorsement takes on even deeper meaning for our friendship was born in a place that I dearly loved, but an all-inclusive toxic pollution made it unhealthy for me to stay there. Our connection, established during a short season of my life, remains despite the profound personal crisis that required a sad yet necessary ending.
Thinking about this endorsement called the beauty, strength and power of a Promise to conscious awareness. With it two questions were raised:
How often do others want us to compromise or abdicate commitments that we've made, to ourselves, or more importantly, to the Divine? Why do we surrender our authenticity, and let others inscribe the book of our life to author our life story?
The answers it called forth were equally complexly yet simple. While many of us suffer from feeling terminally unique, ‘Terminal Uniqueness’ will not be written on any of our death certificates. Truthfully, I've made and required enough compromises and have suffered enough broken promises to last a thousand lifetimes. Enough is enough. No more.
Strategic planning is a life skill that must be matched by tactical planning; that must be followed by fearless operational mandates that are followed to the letter, especially when our lives and our Reason for living are at risk.
Morals, noble values and spiritual righteousness have nothing to do with being right.
Living in love is never about bad-mouthing or making someone else wrong.
Standing upright in harm’s way is a spiritual competence that must be followed by coherent motion, not emoting.
Growth, love in action, is first heard in the clarity of Love’s intent; but when our voice is ignored or denied, it is seen when we move, doing what we must do to survive and indeed, thrive.
In many ways such skills are those found in a great poker player, which I am clearly not! Masters at card games hide and never show or tell. They understand the risk of 'holding', and know that if they blink when attempting to support a bluff or elongate an illusion, their run can collapse in an instant.
The Universe neither bluffs nor blunders and neither should we. Pretending is to live a lie. It causes our health to fail, relationships to fall apart, and decades of Purposeful work to break down in an instant.
Living is about honouring the pain, and doing what needs to be done to get over it, healing to get on with it. Pain is a lesson, not the Course and is unnecessary to experience true gain.
The Logic of Love is the game changer. Our task is to harness the clarity, embrace the courage, and put on the yoke of love with others who share our Purpose so that with wisdom the Future can unfold as it must.