Week 6 MKMMA – I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.

Epictetus
You must know that it is no easy thing for a principle to become a man’s own, unless each day he maintain it and hear it maintained, as well as work it out in life.
Epictetus – Golden Sayings – XXX
 
This week has been a hard fought and rewarding time spent in our study.
We have found ourselves immersed in bringing about a change in our mind. To put it as Og Mandino said “the mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend”
The Masterkey Mastermind Alliance course created complied and taught by the team of Mark J, Davene, Trish and Heather is designed to bring our attention to the world within where all change occurs.
The “hard fought” challenge has been to “DREAM” in the most personal way, to put aside the fears hesitations and common objections and get to the business of CHANGE.
As the observer I have been in the front row for an amazing display of the way my patterns and habits lead to a certain outcome. A smirk, a look of disbelief and sometime even wonder at the way self interacts, and then how my emotions are fed and satisfied.

I understand that this is the beginning of a consciousness towards a change, and I relish the challenge and opportunity.

I started out the post with a quote from a new acquaintance of mine Epictetus.  He was born into slavery about 55 AD in the eastern outreaches of the Roman Empire. Once freed, he established an influential school of Stoic philosophy. Epictetus’ focus was on the responsibility of the individual to live the best life possible. He insisted that human beings do have freedom of choice in all matters even though that choice may be limited by the operation of “nature”, “Providence” or “God”. In individuals it is the faculty of reason. On a cosmic level it is the rational principle that governs the organization of the universe.  His words and principles inspired many and were written down by his pupil Arrian.  James Stockdale an American fighter pilot who during the Vietnam War became a prisoner of war for seven and a half years in a North Vietnamese military prison – including torture- and four years in solitary confinement credited Epictetus principles and writings with helping him endure. (He penned a book of his experience called “In Courage under Fire: Testing Epictetus’s doctrine in a Laboratory of Human Behavior” )
Epictetus taught that every individual is connected with the rest of the world and the universe is fashioned for universal harmony.
O slavish man! Will you not bear with your own brother, who has God for his Father, as being a son from the same stock, and of the same high descent? But if you chance to be placed in some superior station, will you presently set yourself up for a tyrant?
Epictetus – Discourses Chap. xiii.

This seems to be the crux, of the scheme. How we treat and look upon each other will determine if the effects will be to our success.

 The knowledge that if we infringe upon the rights of others, we become moral thorns and find ourselves entangled at every turn of the road, should be an indication that success is contingent upon the highest moral ideal, which is “The greatest good to the greatest number.” Aspiration, desire and harmonious relations constantly and persistently maintained will accomplish results. The greatest hindrance is erroneous and fixed ideas. ~ Charles Haanel Master Keys part vi

When we start with a thought what will it hold?  For we want it to bring about the best outcome for those around us and then for ourselves.

The kernel must start with Love; giving without expectation of personal gain. The sweetest love is that which is neither sought nor deserved. “Charity (Love) ….seeks not her own” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5.

I will greet each day with love

 
“And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.”  ~The Scroll Marked Two Og Mandino
 
 
This type of action requires a commitment to remembering that our Creator made us to be in relationship. It comes from the gratitude of recognizing the many blessings bestowed upon us by the Creator. It is expressed by praise through imitating this work done on our behalf. We are our best when we are serving. As we anticipate what can be done for another and receive those gifts given with a heart of thanksgiving.
 “Henceforth will I love all mankind. From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men. …”. ~The Scroll Marked Two Og Mandino

And this is our reward; to have our being and life focused on giving to the basic needs of others and receiving those same with a responsiveness to praise. We are in harmony as we imitate, experience and share with others the love that God demonstrates.

I will close for the week with a quote from The Weight of Glory, by C.S. Lewis. Lewis delivered this cslewissermon at Oxford University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, on June 8, 1941. It was originally published in January, 1942.
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. 
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner – no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat – the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself is truly hidden”, ~ CS Lewis
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9 thoughts on “Week 6 MKMMA – I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.

  1. Jerry Bednarski

    Thank You, Luther. This post provided a tremendous lift for me as it so effectively sums AND goes beyond what each of us are experiencing through the MKMMA program. It was my honor and privilege to have read it.

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  2. Genie L Witt

    Luther, I have found so many gems within this writing on Week 6. Such richness you have shared with us. It is evident you have spent some time in researching this topic. Your new acquaintance Epictetus, the Bible & then CS Lewis, and of course Mandino & Haanel all contributed to “I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.” Thank you for sharing these gems.

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    1. luthermk Post author

      Anna, Thanks for commenting!!
      It has been awhile since I read the story. CS Lewis was one of the great apologists I find all of his writings causing me to go “further in” I included on quote for you
      ““The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it. Now error and sin both have this property, that the deeper they are the less their victim suspects their existence; they are masked evil. Pain is unmasked, unmistakable evil; every man knows that something is wrong when he is being hurt.”
      ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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  3. Nancy Mills

    Thank you for sharing your hardwon insights, Luther. C.S.Lewis is a favorite author of mine, though I knew nothing of him til sitting under the teaching of a certain preacher, who quoted from him often. Shortly thereafter I was also introduced to the wonderful Chronicles of Narnia, went through The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and many of his other writings as well as documentaries of his life and his life with his wife, Joyce. Making these new connections with so many authors of yore is exhilarating, yes?

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