In an ordered Universe, these four — in this order — would be the performance realms: Goodness, Thought, Action, and Feelings.
Goodness would fuel our Thoughts, which motivate us to Action, resulting in warm fuzzy Feelings.
However, we live in a time with slogans similar to, “If it feels good, do it.“
So, we begin this Story upside, down.
Genius is taking the complex and making it simple — which then equates to Stupidity is taking the simple and making it complex. Let me illustrate the silliness of this hamster-wheel existence with the discovery of a rowboat.
If we being with feelings, the first analogy is of a person on the beach, who is in the mood for sun-bathing and the calming effects of water motion. So, they give the boat a push into the ocean, hop in, lay down, and float away on the waves.
Next, let’s picture another individual as a fitness guru. They know the action of their muscles can power that rowboat. So, they search about for a set of oars, before launching. They row furiously to work those arm and leg muscles. Yet, we find them rowing in circles, for hours at a time.
Now, here comes someone to that same little rowboat with a map and a plan. They have put thought into their upcoming voyage. In addition to oars, they have brought the appropriate provisions for the trip. They set their compass for a destination of their choice and set sail.
Finally, we have an individual who boldly strides into the theatre of our mind exercises, with goodness in mind. In other words, they have a purpose when approaching the little boat on the beach. As a result, they have brought an Evinrude outboard motor — and off they go.
Begin With The End In Mind
Then, this challenge comes from the clueless, “What end?!”
And… that’s the point of this presentation, “We need a source of goodness to establish a purpose so dang exciting and challenging that we are inspired to go all-in and give all.”
The complexity of this challenge can be simplified into three words.
Back To The Story
Whatever became of the individuals we left on the boat?
For a while, the feelings person enjoyed the warmth of the sun and the motion of the waves. In time, they dozed off to sleep. Eventually, they woke to the blackness of night, tossed to and fro by the hand of fate.
Our action Jackson figure sure enough built a few more muscles, for his own admiration. Because, after all, he was alone in that boat with his oars and paddling like a riverboat gambler — going nowhere fast.
Since all we do begins with a thought, that individual was at least headed to a specific destination they had chosen. Might be an adrenalin rush to get there. Yet, once there, boredom is apt to set in.
Designed for greatness, engineered for success, and motivated by goodness our Captain of Destiny is courageously headed into uncharted waters to serve the multitudes.
From The Top, Down
There is an order to the Universe and it is this simple.
Regardless of belief, we are not the center of the Universe. Contrary to the modus operandi of the narcissist, there is a higher power — and Karma is 100% accurate in the delivery of what is earned.
All we do begins with a thought — and we have the freewill to choose what influences our thinking. Just like a radio dial, we can select the media flowing into our minds whether good or evil.
Yes, actions speak much louder than words. After sharing our intent with talk, we must make the walk to deliver for the benefit of others. As we perform, the CARE Credential guides our conduct.
Guaranteed we will then experience natural highs better than any illegal street drugs. There are no side effects, crashes, or withdrawal symptoms. And — the beauty is — we can reach these euphoric states at any time.
These four Performance Realms provide structure and comfort to each day.
Undeniably, there are two competing unseen forces in our society. Just like the concept of gravity, words are useless to describe the intangible — yet, the effects are very tangible.
To keep things simple, we will acknowledge these two influential sources as: Good and Evil. The wavelengths of each are there for us to tune into.
Those of an older generation will remember a time when we were lucky to have three TV channels. Maybe, there was one good channel and two with snow (white flickers on an otherwise black-and-white picture). Naturally, the clear black-and-white channel was watched the most.
Between the forces of Good and Evil, there is not a third choice. There is no maybe to this spectrum of choice. As analogies, a skydiver is either in the airplane – or, out; a woman is either pregnant – or, not; and we either believe – or don’t.
If we choose Good over Evil, we become conduits of goodness for the treasures from above to flow through us for the benefit of those below.
It’s as simple as that.