Last week a friend of mine tried another end rush around the universe. As long as I know him, he’s always looking for a shortcut to success. But the only free cheese is in the mousetrap…
Like a lot of people, his issues are self-discipline and character. And instead of dealing with those core issues, he’s always placing the blame for his lack of results on external factors.
There are a couple readers here on the blog that get sidetracked by similar thinking. Whenever I talk about wealth and prosperity, they have a visceral, knee jerk reaction, lamenting the evil, mean rich and how they’re exploiting the poor. But of course the victim and oppressor are co-creators in ignorance.
It’s pleasing to us to believe that we suffer because of our virtue. We all can trot out the evidence of the rich guy that screwed someone, or the nun who got run over by a garbage truck. But these superficial instances are not the truth.
No one is entirely good, and no one is entirely evil. All of us vary along the spectrum in different areas of our lives. A man may be honest enough to tell the cashier when he gets too much change, but think twice if he finds a wallet with $5,000 in it. A woman may assist in a homeless shelter, yet cheat on her husband.
You can’t cheat the universe…
Positive thoughts and deeds cannot produce bad results. Negative thoughts and deeds can never produce good results. That is the nature of the universe, and it works that way all the time, with no exceptions. Like we said last week, that doesn’t mean earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis aren’t going to happen; they are. They too provide a necessary function to the order of the universe.
The secret for you and me is discovering the reasons for the suffering in our lives. What are the thoughts and deeds we’re having and doing to manifest those less than optimal things? That’s where the breakthroughs are.