Lee Broom Author
ON MENTAL HYGIENE
RESIGNING OURSELVES TO GROWTH
Notice how the word resignation morphed from “I quit” to “I accept”.
Q: How does one get from a frown to a shrug of the shoulders?
From ambivalence to certainty and back?
A: By playing follow the leader; that’s how. Preoccupation with what-to-think is the mantra of the mellow, the emotionally bereft. It takes courage to focus on “how to think” but those who do so grow stronger.
Throw away the rule book and buy a copy of Aristotle’s Analytics.
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I spend way too much time talking about overcoming FEAR.
I suffer from the FEAR of never having enough.
What I am discovering is…
FEAR is a gift.
FEAR teaches us to search for SAFETY.
FEAR teaches us to BE STRONG, to BE RESILIENT, to be PERFECT.
FEAR motivates us to compete; as we play games we not only have fun but we acquire and hone the skills necessary for protecting those sources of SAFETY, our families, our institutions of learning, our jobs. It is in these places of SAFETY that we discover the FIRST (but often ignored) of life’s great gifts, The GIFT of LOVE.
FEAR teaches us COURAGE.
FEAR teaches us FAITH.
FEAR teaches us to PROTECT each other.
LOVE on the other hand makes all this perfectionism unnecessary.
The key to having one’s desires come true is in the hand of each of us. But we don’t focus on desire, we focus on our fears.
From birth until death, most of us are looking for a safe place. And the search itself is the guarantee of failure.
Think about the object of your prayers. The way to find Love we think, is to search for it.
But Love is unconditional, is it not? Why question it’s source?
For those of you who listen to the words of Old men with Bad Dreams who called themselves Prophets, there are no prophets there are only gossip mongers.
The future cannot be read but it can and is being created.
Affirmation of one person, of one idea, of one belief is much more than prophetic; every word from the lips of every man, woman and child is creating the future. The length of time necessary is unknown. The future is always what we expect it to be.
Armageddon is happening. Our affirmations are making it happen.
There is a solution:
If you believe that God Love’s you
Accept The Love and pass it on.
It is impossible as head-nodders for us to learn the true subject of our gossip.
But gossip we do, nod we do, smile and frown and clap we do like starlings at early dawn; we flap, we rustle, we cling together and rise from the grasses flying this way and that, seeking the leader whose randomness fails us.
At sundown the murmuration ceases and together we rest the rustle, the rhyme, the rhythm of the restless as darkness overcomes. Tomorrow we rise again and like the murmuration of starlings we dismount from our roosts,
our heads awaggle,
we shall gossip and gaggle,
the bloated carcasses of our forgotten comrades adding nourishment to the earth and one or two will say “do you remember whatsisname?”.
Oh yes comes the answer, he had so many strange, new ideas.
And with heads abob we bestow our final, limited approval in measured doses while nodding approval to the brief observance of continuity, forgetting yet another true leader.
whose truth was to “lead only one’s self”.
From: LEADERSHIP: A LOVE STORY
Without darkness there can be no light,
Without weakness, no strength,
Without worry, no faith,
Without fear, no Love,
Without Love, no art.
Faith is unnecessary for those who know.
Knowledge is acquired logically
Belief is gathered by mimicking the beliefs of others and is kept alive with mantra, with faith, with daily affirmations.
Belief is acquired by ignoring evidence (ignorance) and kept alive by nodding our heads to the rhythm of prejudice and pride.
Truth is often recognized at first glance though not always immediately understood.
The strength of our reliance on the groups in our lives to provide us with the answers to life decisions, is less likely to honor truth though the cooperation between individuals provides power that cannot be easily ignored by those who gather evidence and place a very high value on logic.
Truth is not to be expected to result from popularity polls but the majority of us gather most of our opinion from others.
EVIDENCE REVEALS / PROOF CONCEALS
Think about it.
THE REST OF ME
The Rest of Me is Fearless,
The Rest of Me is Loving,
The Rest of Me is Successful,
The Rest of Me is Giving,
The Rest of Me is ForGiving,
The Rest of Me ignores temptation, fear and emptiness.
To ignore The Rest of Me is like walking after sundown on an unlit street,
cursing the crutches which support my faceless image,
the incessant mutterings
and the clamor of conflict intruding on the Beauty around me.
I need no crutches, nor do I curse them; I simply say “Yes” to the Memory of Forever…
“Yes” to The Rest of Me.