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We Are the Champions*

March 14, 2022

Something we are all champions of is, rationalizing our behavior.  Behavior includes how we act and treat others. We rationalize to comfort ourselves when we choose the I over the other, or for our wants, rather than what we are needed for. We sometimes even congratulate ourselves, even though we really know better.

This dissonance creates a struggle for us.  How can one be truly happy when we do that which isn’t the good and right thing to do?  With all the struggles presented to us on our climb, why do we self-impose more? When we do this, we deceive ourselves and take us off our target, our purpose, our true selves.  Our true self is the giving and doing the good and right thing one.  It is manifested in our Soul.

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – C. S. Lewis

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.” – Walt Whitman 

 A king was traveling with his band of men through the forest. They came across a farm where they stopped to replenish their provisions. The king noticed the side of a barn where there were several bulls-eyes painted. Each bulls-eye had an arrow squarely in the center. The King asked the farmer who shot those arrows and the farmer told him it was his young son. The king wanted to see the boy in action. The young boy appeared with his bow and arrow. He shot at the side of the barn and hit a blank spot. He then walked to the barn and drew a bull’s-eye around the arrow, with the arrow right in the center.**

Be true to yourself. Let the inner-self/soul be transcendent. To do this we must have the strength of our core to recognize when we miss our goal and where improvement is needed. It is too easy to fall into the trap of fooling ourselves. Rather than move the arrow squarely in the center, look squarely at yourself.

“Thou shall not steal” also meant “Thou shall not steal from thyself; not deceive thyself. All the sins of the world weigh less than the conceit born of self-deception.” – Reb Mendel of Kotzk

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” – Frederick Douglass

Be Good Do Good Think Good Be Grateful Be Healthy

*Another Oldie But Goodie from 2012 updated and re-posted

*I wish I remembered the source for this story so that I could give credit where it’s due

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    March 14, 2022 8:55 am

    That bullseye story… so great. Thank you for clever reminder that each of us souls are unique, different, and are *needed for* what our individual core is made of. Love it.

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      March 14, 2022 9:49 am

      Thank You Jenny clever reminder from a clever person

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