sunrays“I am gonna try again and again, because the moment I give up, is the moment I fail.”  

 -Nick Vujicic

I tweeted this a couple weeks ago and it got me thinking… Just because the Pope is quitting doesn’t mean you can quit too!

Kidding aside, there is a lot of truth to this statement isn’t there? “I am gonna try again and again, because the moment I give up, is the moment I fail.”    Here is an example that is slightly embellished but proves a point: Living in Chicagoland in early March is a little like being trapped in the movie “Ground Hog Day” and living Bill Murray’s existence day after day. The toil of waking up, going to work in the dark, seeing the same people over and over again; only to go to bed and do it all again. It’s cold, the sun has not shined in 5 days and well maybe your car needs new tires but there is no time and no money. It is easy to just throw your arms up in the air, call in sick, settle into a pint of Haagen Daz coffee toffee crunch and watch a marathon of Downton Abbey.  Do I have any takers?

Anyway, I think you get the point; it is hard self-evolving…. It is hard always functioning with your “A Game”… Sure it is okay to enjoy a treat here and there; the finer things in life – as long as we do not get attached to them, right?

There are times I wake up and look in the mirror and have to make a decision. Do I push myself or do I let my ego facilities take over and let my wantonness desires run ramped – let my thoughts roll into reruns of fantasy and false-self? I know immediately which path is easier to navigate. But what is the price in the long run? My ego is the first to jump into my head with reasonable debates as to why I should stop trying and just let self-gratification and mediocrity take over.

After all when you look around you what do you see? You see most people walking down hill when here you are trying to walk up hill. It is ironic but true; in most cases the more fruitful path in life tends to be the more difficult path. There are few shortcuts in life and choosing the easy path through conflict, challenges and changes tends to lead only to mediocrity. The evolutionary goal is to walk toward the sun – toward the healing light – toward enlightenment. This can be difficult at times…. It is not a perfect process by any means….

I have learned through experience that the aperture of your open mind will determine what is possible and impossible. The truth it seems is in the experience; our insight and knowledge is dependent on our link to our True Nature. Your inward and outward energy is measured by how mindful you are. Imagine the person that drives home one evening with their mind preoccupied about fear of the future, fantasy and past, not even noticing a beautiful sunset exploding to the west; and then there is the person who is mindful and connected to the present who sees the sunset as a union to something sublime; even a sign or milestone that we are evolving in the right direction – that perhaps we do live in a Responsive Universe…

There are two worlds we can choose to live in. One is led by ego, false-self and the merits of mediocrity. The other choice is a world of wellness, energy and self-discovery. One path is quite easy to follow – in fact most follow this path… The later is a difficult but fruitful path to follow. The decision to work hard and not give up is tough at the onset, but the future benefits are like compound interest; our energy and vibration grows as does the aperture of our self-discovery. We do have to wake up each morning and we do have to make a decision. We do have keep trying and never give up. Because the day you give up is the day your ego will gain control again and life will not evolve; only lie stagnant.

It hard but once you taste empowerment; once you taste self-discovery, this proverbial walk up hill is not that difficult – in fact it becomes second nature. You will see the signs on your road in life. The key is taking heed to their wisdom and following your heart and not your ego.

John C. Bader

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