January 6, 2016, Prescott- I woke this morning to two things: There was a not totally expected, fresh coating of snow on the ground and I found an e-warning that taking down holiday decorations, before today, is “just plain wrong”.
Prescott being in central Arizona, the streets were cleared by late morning sunshine, though more snow is in the offing, between now and Friday. As for the rather stern warning to those of us on Facebook, it’s a non-issue. I know all about the Twelve Days of Christmas, and have had my part in several choral renditions of the song, over the years. I’m also familiar with the Shakespearean romantic comedy.
Like Saul, who became Paul, I have had my share of divine revelations. The most significant of those led me to accepting the Baha’i Faith, thirty-five years ago, next month, after nine years of holding it at arm’s length. Those were nine rather futile years, as I recall, with nothing to show for them, other than a Bachelor’s Degree, and a middling Grade Point Average.
I am presently reading a book, “Extreme Ownership”, which describes the Navy SEALS method of dealing with challenges, and applies it to business models. I have done my share of blame-casting, over the years, so a beloved family member thought it would be good for me to read, and absorb, lest I be tempted to resort to further ascribing of my difficulties in life to others’ actions and attitudes.
There is always SOMETHING that a person can do, to turn adversity into a beneficial lesson. Saul the Tax-Collector determined he would do better to be a servant of God. The SEALS who wrote the above-mentioned book determined they would do best to seek to understand the reasons for the actions of their superiors. I am learning, from them, that coping and transcending all conditions, without blamecasting, is not only doable, but is far superior to the almost Pavlovian tendency to hand off responsibility.
Joyous Epiphany, one and all!