Posted by Glen Klassen on Aug 21, 2014
There are resistances to living without limits. They are known as fear and discomfort. Refusing to face our fears and and an unwillingness to experience discomfort has limited many people to living predictable lives far short of their potential. I am reminded of seeing Olympic downhill skiers racing down a slope even when the conditions are treacherous. They refuse to play it safe. They have one goal in mind and that is to win the gold medal.
Edwin had such a decision to make. He realized there was a raiding party from an enemy kingdom. He then warned a nearby village of the danger. They started to get ready to defend themselves. When the villagers discovered that the enemy was headed away from them toward another village they disagreed with Edwin as to the next step.
“The chieftain started to talk over with some of the clan’s leaders whether it was wise to risk their lives for people down the road. They would be against a party far superior to them in size. Edwin interrupted them and said it was the only right thing to do. He encouraged them to consider that next time it may be their turn to have the people down the road help them. Several of the men told Edwin to mind his own business. The chieftain said his priority was the safety of his village… He did not think it wise to endanger his people when the odds were so against them. Further imploring was useless. Edwin decided he could not stay with them.”
Like Edwin, sometimes we will recognize the need to no longer hang out with certain people. Everyone is on their own journey and consequently in different stages of life. When we have a clear sense of wanting to do something heroic so our life makes a difference, there will be a need to be willing to move on, sometimes alone.
Posted by Glen Klassen on Aug 18, 2014
Often and perhaps always when awareness sparks new action there will be resistance.
“Up ahead he could see two men standing by the side of the road. They looked menacing.”
Edwin overcame that challenge. It occurred in the course of him pursuing a new life sparked by his growing awareness.
To develop greater awareness a person must start asking themselves questions as to why they are choosing to take a particular course of action or choosing to react or respond in a certain way. We often simply choose to do something without appreciating the reason for it. A good habit to develop is to pause and consider the courses of action that are available to us. Especially when there is potential for consequences beyond the obvious. The objective is to evaluate the best possible outcome. When we have already made decisions a useful exercise is to review the reasons for our decisions and ask ourselves if a better one could have been made.
Other questions to ask ourselves are of a more personal internal nature. Questions such as: Why do I think what I think? Why do I do what I do? Why do I believe what I believe? Why do I expect what I expect? Answers to these questions may well lead to deeper questions as to values and unresolved wounds from past experiences. In other words how are those values and unresolved wounds influencing me?
An important thing to keep in mind is to be patient with the process of growing in awareness. A useful exercise is to keep a journal where we write our thoughts about decisions we are considering. We can write down the above questions and their answers. By having these written down we are able to review them and more readily determine patterns about ourselves that will help us in being understanding about what makes us tick. For example we may notice how we have made a number of rather impulsive decisions. Then we also note that each time there was a fear fueling that decision. When evaluating the outcome of those decisions we note also that they were always less than satisfactory. This new awareness should give us cause to pause when we feel fear for we know we are now susceptible to a less than ideal decision. Then we need to ask ourselves why we feel afraid and if it is valid or not and how to resolve it?Read More
Posted by Glen Klassen on Nov 8, 2013
Edwin, the hero of “Evansing – Heart of the Irish Kingdom,” experiences a most unexpected surprise after being rescued from the Tissus. He is given a proposal that will totally change his life from that of lonely pauper to one of prominence and wealth. What was the deciding factor as to why he was selected for such a great opportunity? His warrior ability, his courage and nobility had been noticed by important and influential persons. These remarkable qualities of character now opened the way to a new life. A life he never dreamt possible. An Irish surprise.
We don’t always realize that we are being examined and reviewed by the people around us. People’s words and actions have often come back to haunt them. What people do in secret gets shouted from the rooftops. What we must realize is that we are always on, especially in public settings where influential people may overhear our conversation or see how we relate to others. Opportunities most often show up through people who are looking to find those will add value to their lives.Read More