Observation and Opportunity
Marrying the weekly Master Keys Experience with my life has been an eye-opening experience. The exercises of being observant and aware of others around me, their behavior and mine have been put under “my” microscope. I am amazed at how much beauty I was missing in the course of a day living a busy autopilot existence with things only receiving my attention if they disrupted my day’s journey.
When did stopping to smell the roses become not appealing? Smiling at a small child and their mother? Making eye contact in passing an elderly person? Beginning to live differently in direction and intention produces changes in behavior that bring such joy.
The guidance through this journey has helped me to incorporate small changes that are producing compounding effects. These activities to develop change are not newly developed tasks but are seasoned exercises that have demonstrated effectiveness through devotees over many decades.
For three weeks, the class has been working on the Ben Franklin makeover…focusing on a different characteristic each week. This exercise was used by… you guessed it…Ben Franklin (documented in his autobiography). Put on your bifocals and take a look at the contributions his life gave us!
The characteristics like courage, kindness, and self-control can be developed and grown. By taking one characteristic a week and searching for it everywhere in nature, people and yes even in ourselves helps solidify in our minds what it looks like displayed in one’s life. The kicker is you wouldn’t be able to identify this in others if you didn’t have it yourself. The seed is already there. It is up to you to develop it further.
In The Greatest Salesman in the World, scroll 4, Og states that we are natures greatest miracle…That no one has our mind, our heart, our eyes, our ears, our hands, our hair, our mouth…That indeed makes us a miracle because of our uniqueness. In addition, Og points out “but my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use.
We each have unlimited potential for growth and change. We are unique and powerful. Directed with the sound advice of Emmerson’s give more get more, our lives can be joyful and full of satisfaction while having an overflowing of blessing to others. Let not the miracle die with just our birth but produce a life worthy of our calling.
Lesson Learned: Awareness is critical for dynamic change.