It All Adds Up

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Today, you can decide to be just a little more empathetic, a little more generous, a little more ambitious, a little more patient. You can do the same thing tomorrow, and of course the day after that, and then…well you get it.

You don’t have to make giant leaps forward, the little ones add up.  Before you know it you’re an empathetic person, a giver, a risk taker, the person others turn to.

Fear

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Just in time for Halloween.  Fear may be the most useful of all our emotions. Our ancestors fled and hid from dinosaurs and that fear often kept them from becoming a meal.  Fear of starving, going without shelter, or food is great motivation to get us to work smart and hard.  And, fearing the wrath of God can keep us from sinning.

But misplaced fear can be a monster.  When we act on our fear of others because they don’t look like us, think like us, or because they come from a different place than us we ruin our chance for true connection and unity.  We violate the commandment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves…and that’s a dangerous state to exist in.

The thing we should really fear is the tendency we all share to view those not like us as monsters.

Beware anyone attempting to play on your fears.

The minute they see me fear me, I’m the epitome of public enemy…Chuck D

A Word About True Genius

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Commoners usually can’t recognize the true Genius because what he’s doing is so far advanced that he’s miles away from the rest of us. In fact the true genius does not even recognize his own work as genius.  Because it’s rejected by the masses.  He just keeps doing it because the work matters to him.

We finally come to see the genius because when we view the body of work it dawns on us that this person has left us better off than we were before, and suddenly his work matters to us.  And nothing before his work was like it, but everything after him bears his mark.

Although the true genius is hard to spot, we can easily spot the imposter – he’s the one calling himself a genius, brilliant, or something akin.