No Uncertain Terms

The first rule in learning something new is that we must allow ourselves to accept our current state of ignorance on the subject. The second rule is convincing our egos that the first rule is true. Trusting the certainty of our ignorance spoils the charade of our arrogance. Wisdom will follow.

Non-intervention

Non-intervention is the “principle or practice of not becoming involved in the affairs of others.” There’s often an appeal to allow ourselves to be pulled by the desire to fix problems we are not attached to. We must first ask ourselves, “Who are we truly trying to help in this scenario?” Is it a sincere act of selflessness or self-gratification disguised as selflessness? Inaction is an action. Knowing when to act depends on knowing the intention behind the action.

No Remorse

Life is nourished by the choices we make. Our souls shall never experience remorse when we choose: wisdom over folly, tranquility over irritation, right action over wrongdoing, service over disservice, humility over pride.

Show Yourself

There are some wonderful definitions of Authentic. It’s defined as “being of undisputed origin; genuine,” philosophically as “relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life,” and Merriam-Webster’s version “worthy of acceptance or belief as conforming to or based on fact.”

Combine that into in the following: “Humans that live true to their undisputed origins by demonstrating an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive and responsible way of showing the world they are worthy of love and belonging.”

If we chose to show up like this today, what would it look like? Show yourself!

Taking the 1st Pitch

If we find that our initial behavioral responses are often fueled by emotional reactivity, and that time and time again the outcomes average on the negative, perhaps we can learn something from the baseball strategy of taking the first pitch. If we can reprogram ourselves to take a beat before reacting in order to be able to observe what’s coming at us, we can increase the likelihood that how we then choose to react is based on what’s actually needed in the moment. To have instincts is human…and animal. To have instincts and the ability to think and feel beyond them is humane.

αξία

Aξία or axia means value, price or worth.

Here is a link to an article about the “20 of the Best Things You Can Buy for a Dollar.”

This is a quick rundown:

  1. A web domain name
  2. A cup of coffee
  3. A song on iTunes
  4. Hair Accessories
  5. Razor blades
  6. Mascara
  7. A pair of scissors
  8. Lottery scratch offs
  9. A Megabus ticket
  10. Temporary Tattoos
  11. Ten meals for Hungry Children
  12. Bubbles
  13. Lipstick
  14. Penny stocks
  15. Lunch
  16. Beer
  17. Books
  18. Bracelet
  19. Address change
  20. App store game

Looking at this list is a good indicator of what people value or what something is worth versus what something costs. For example: Bubbles cost the same as a song!!! Here is another link. This article is about how much it costs for a major label artist to produce one song. Spoiler alert: it can be over $1 million, and that doesn’t guarantee that it will be a hit. BUT, you’ll be able to purchase it for $.99.

A scratch off ticket may only cost a $1, but may be worth millions or nothing at all. A book can be a life-changing investment or someone’s favorite escape. With $1, we can choose to between feeding our vanity, ourselves, or ten hungry children. This is not intended to be a guilt trip, but a sobering reminder that value and worth are not indicated by a price tag. May we consider this the next time we ponder an extravagant purchase. If we know how much discrepancy there is when $1 is being spent, what are the comparables when something costs $10, $100, or $1000?