[May 12, 2022] “Be true to yourself.” “Do your best.” “I’m okay; you’re okay.” No! Wrong. You are far more than you are; you are much better than you could ever believe you could be. This is the old idea of personal responsibility; compete with yourself to better yourself, find truth where you can (and don’t be easily misled), stand up for yourself, face your fears, and be prepared to go places you might not want to go. Find the Dragon. It’s a hellava lot better to find the dragon in its lair than waiting for it to come and eat you.
If you want to put yourself together properly, you will find what you need where you least want to look. We see this idea in the many ancient stories where the dragon or monsters or the devil threatens, but at the same time possesses the gold, those things of great value. The idea is deep, ancient, and wise and perhaps why it persists.
We have to go out into the world and face reality to gain what it offers. It is frightening but necessary if we desire to make things better. It pushes us to our very limits, and why not? If we are not pushed to our limits, there would be nothing of value to gain. You don’t get one without the other; you don’t get support from the world (the gold) without the prospect of experiencing the fear (the dragon).
There is a complex and challenging choice, and you do not have the freedom to ignore making a choice. This is also a very strange, primeval concept with great wisdom within it. If you don’t deal with your problems and challenges today, they will become large later and potentially destroy you. Ignore those things you know that you need to do, will eventually harm you. This is a lesson we all know but also ignore more than we should.
There’s an old ‘blues’ music idea that you meet the devil at the crossroads. This idea is really exciting. A crossroads, the metaphor works because a decision is required, go one way or another. Even no decision, to not chose, is a decision. This is where you will find your greatest challenges and opportunities.
Do you choose willful ignorance, envy, victimhood, succumbing to temptations, and vindictiveness? Or, do you choose the pursuit of the good; truth, honor, the noble cause, and responsibility? The good choice is not always so obvious.
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