From The I Ching, by Brian Browne Walker:
The I Ching teaches there are two kinds of enthusiasm: one leads to misfortune, and one leads to success. You can proceed with confidence now if your enthusiasm is properly founded.
Improper enthusiasm is fueled by the desires of the ego. People often desire recognition, wealth, power, or freedom from difficulty. Such desires can become so great that we will do anything to achieve them. Our energy rises as we wildly pursue our goal, but this unruly and egotistical enthusiasm inevitably leads us into incorrect and imbalanced behavior and into misfortune.
Proper enthusiasm, on the other hand, is fueled by a devotion to attaining and expressing inner balance and inner truth. When your aim is not to influence others or to satisfy your ego but to follow the guidance of the Higher Power in all that you do, you acquire another kind of energy: a balanced and bottomless eagerness for living in step with what is right and good. In this there is true power and true grace.
Striving out of your ego now will only push you further away from your goals. Seek to follow proper principles: keep to what is innocent, correct and kind and the Creative will come to your aid. The path of truth is always the path of least resistance.
Find your path of least resistance and express your inner truth by living in step with what is right and good. This is your quickest and most powerful way to achieve success in all areas.
The MEGA Coach
One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.
I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God.
“God”, I said. “Can you give me one good reason not to quit?” His answer surprised me.
“Look around”, He said. “Do you see the fern and the bamboo?”
“Yes”, I replied.
“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them. I gave them light. I gave them water. The fern quickly grew from the earth. Its brilliant green covered the floor. Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
In the second year the fern grew more vibrant and plentiful. And again, nothing came from the bamboo seed. But I did not quit on the bamboo.
“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed. But I would not quit. The same in year four.
“Then in the fifth year, a tiny sprout emerged from the earth. Compared to the fern, it was seemingly small and insignificant.
But just six months later, the bamboo rose to over 100 feet tall.
It had spent the five years growing roots. Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive. I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle.
“Did you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots? I would not quit on the bamboo.. I will never quit on you.
“Don’t compare yourself to others.” He said. “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern. Yet they both make the forest beautiful.”
“Your time will come”, God said to me. “You will rise high”
“How high should I rise?” I asked.
“How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return.
“As high as it can?” I questioned
“Yes.” He said, “Give me glory by rising as high as you can.”
I left the forest, realizing that God will never give up on me. And He will never give up on you.
The MEGA Coach
“I can turn failure into success, disappointment into increased understanding and loss into gain.”
In Emerson’s essay “Compensation,” for everything you lose, you gain something. For every loss there is a gain, so let go of the loss and accept the gain. Every situation is designed for your greatest growth. The universe is designed for your good and for your highest learning and success.
The trick is to be open and observe – to discover the hidden benefit or opportunity disguised as loss. You can turn loss into gain, frustration into fascination and fear into power!
“I will restore to you the years which the swarming locust has eaten.”
The years the locust has eaten symbolize those periods in life that seem empty of good or filled with trouble. Just as vines that are pruned bear better and fuller fruits, so all periods of hardship, problems and challenges through which we pass can be regarded as times of pruning. Release all anxiety or condemnation of yourself or others about your past or situation.
God can give such an abundant outpouring of good in the present moment that there is not room enough to hold it!
Keep acknowledging the growth and the good that is coming out of every moment and every situation, no matter how improbable it may seem.
“Every adversity contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
W. Clement Stone
May you prosper all the days of your life, under grace and in perfect ways!
The MEGA Coach