April 8th's Inspirational Thought - Not Without Faults; Not Error Free; and Not a Saint
Critique is important; it challenges us to be more precise with our thinking. To be clear each person on this planet has faults, none of us are error free and we are not saints. Changing ourselves is perhaps one of our greatest challenges.
- Devil's Advocate
- Helping Hand to Improve
- Admissions From the Greats and some Basic Facts
- No Saints Here; Just Practical Advice
- Recent Thoughts...
- I'm always a devil's advocate, Peter, cause I can't believe you can dish out inspirational articles like that unless you're a saint. And I bet you don't practice what you preach yourself, don't you?
As far as I know, only a Dali Lama, a Buddha, or close to it, untarnished by the filthy world, or who hasn't been corrupted by the world, are the only ones qualified to teach people what they should do, day after day.
I am not sure that you have to be a saint in order to give advice; there are plenty of people that give advice on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Indeed I question whether if anyone that has ever lived in this world is untarnished by it, indeed it could be argued that the tarnishing that great people experience is actually what makes them great.
Helping Hand to Improve
In this writer's view the point about any inspirational series is to help two people improve; firstly the reader, without whom the writer doesn't have an audience; and secondly the writer himself. Or at least that is the case for me.
As I have said before I am certainly not a saint; I make mistakes and always wish to do better next time around. Furthermore the point of this series is to make that happen in clear and logical steps.
Talk to any person who is trying to improve themselves and they will recognise mistakes made. Even the Pope, the Governor General of the United Nations, and the Dali Lama will admit they are not perfect.
Admissions From the Greats and some Basic Facts
Once a television interviewer was talking with the Dali Lama and one of the questions asked was whether he had ever made mistakes in his life. The answer was quite revealing as the Dali Lama said there is no person in existence who has never made a mistake. He also admitted to making many mistakes in each day of his life.
We all err. That is a simple fact. Those that perform best in life are those that learn along the way. Mother Teresa was one person most consider as being a saint because of the work she did in some of the poorest parts of the world. Yet I also remember her saying she had made many mistakes, yet she had no regrets about what she had achieved and helping others made her stronger.
No Saints Here; Just Practical Advice
There are many self-improvement gurus that seem to stand aloof from their audience. That was not the aim of this series. Instead the idea was to look for one small improvement per day and work on that. Each of the items I have written about have been based on personal experiences, which is one of the reasons why I have placed such emphasis on reviewing where you are at regular intervals. Without checking the pulse you will remain out of touch with your personal goals. Those goals should be important to you because they assist you in moving forward with your life.
Here is nothing aloof about this series, just practical steps to make tomorrow better than yesterday.