Morals are a funny thing. Some people have them, others seem to not. Some seem like they ignore their conscience when we know good and well they had one early on in life.
The best explanation I’ve ever heard about conscience was from a podcast by Alistair Begg.
American Indians used to believe there was a triangle in your diaphragm. When you made a decision that went against their customs or traditions (we’ll call them morals), the triangle would turn, poking you to listen and repent. If you repented, it would turn back, pointing straight up, doing no harm. If you didn’t, it would begin to wear down the points of the triangle. Each time you made that bad decision and offered no repentance, the triangle would become more like a circle. At some point, you would stop getting poked and wouldn’t know the difference between right and wrong.
It makes sense. No, there is no triangle in you, but there is a conscience. It was put there by your Creator and we have all one. Rounding off your triangle can cause harm to you and those around you. Keep it from spinning out of control and you’ll do just fine in this life.
When culture tells you to do something, question it. When the media tells you to think a certain way, question that too. As a matter of fact, it’s a good rule of thumb to question everything. Authority, yes. Processes, definitely. Status quo? Absolutely.
I find that the more we question the ways of our world, the better off we’ll become for ourselves and the audience we are looking to serve. This is particularly hard to do when raising children though. Training them to question authority is a fine balance. We have to show right from wrong, but often, we don’t even know which is which ourselves. And so when our little one raises the question of “Why?” we freeze. We don’t know the answer. And thus, the famous, “Because I said so!” line. (Or the even worse, “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.”)
Of course, this causes problems of it’s own. It means we have to question the things we believe to be the best. And that we have to take into account that the way we have always done something might not be the best or most efficient way to handle it anymore.
The root of all this is that we are living in a time of question. An economy that doesn’t have the answers. Leaders that don’t know the best course of action. Parents that aren’t sure whether public, private or homeschool is the best choice. All we can do is make sure that whatever we are doing, we’re making a ruckus. Because if we’re not, we’ve entered a race to the bottom. The main problem in that situation is that you don’t want to win.
Falling is not fun. It hurts. It stings. It makes you feel like a failure. But it’s part of our growth and part of life. If we don’t fall, how will we learn what not to do? How will we build up the confidence to stand strong when it’s hard?
I say fall and not fail for a reason. Failing carries the connotation that we’re never going to be able to get back up. It seems like a harder word to overcome. Falling though…it could simply mean a trip. A stumble where you almost go down but you catch yourself and keep going strong. Falling seems to be easier to bounce back from.
The thing is, falling or failing, isn’t bad. It’s important for learning. For growing. For using different muscles than the ones you were using when you encountered the problem.
Today, we may fall. Tomorrow, we may fall. But it’s completely our choice if we decide to fail.
Change is only constant we know today.
Change ideas or marketing or clothes or friends.
It isn’t bad. But it’s hard.
The one thing I’m learning from all the changes I’m experiencing right now is that I only have to please one. The one that made me. That provides for me. That shelters and heals me and forces me to grow.
Regardless of what changes are occurring, our focus should always be on Him.
For the past few weeks if you’ve been reading me, you’ve noticed I’ve gotten a little more personal and blunt about things. I’ve also been posting more frequently and with less regard for “having it all done just right.”
That’s because I’m turning this more into my journal as an entrepreneur and I’d love to have you along for the journey.
I’ve reinstated the RSS feed for all of you current readers so you will start getting several emails a week from me, but they will be short. If you don’t want them, there will be a link at the bottom of your email to unsubscribe. (Sorry to see you go.)
Also take note that there will be several articles included here if you’re reading this in an email. It won’t always be that way, I just wanted to show you what I’ve been writing to give you a good idea of what you’ll be getting if you stay subscribed. Hope you enjoy.
If you stick around, I’ll do things like I always have. We’ll learn about marketing, entrepreneurship, branding and, of course, life. You’ll learn more about me and what I’m going through at the moment and I’ll try to be more candid. I can’t promise everything will be amazingly incredible ground-breaking information, but I can promise it will be truthful. My articles have been running less than 250 words for the most part so they’re easy reads and quick to share. (The same length as this one.)
So if you’re not subscribed, you can do so at the bottom of any page on the site. I look forward to talking with you in the comments and replies to the emails, which you will still be able to do.
Thanks and I look forward to growing alongside you.
If you’ve been here before, you will notice the design has changed pretty drastically since a few days ago. There’s a reason for it.
There are certain ways of doing things. Certain ways of going about achieving a specific goal that you want. I get that.
Let’s call this protocol.
But what happens when your protocol doesn’t make sense? When it is a useless waste of time for your customer or you?
With all the new year’s resolutions floating around, I thought I’d put some of my goals out there for feedback. I know most people don’t ask for feedback on their’s, but you’re very important to what I offer so I need to hear from you.
The first items at hand are a few offerings I’m thinking/working on. They are:
As you can see, there’s a lot on my plate. I can tell you that at least 2 of those will happen, they are both currently in the works. They are the podcast and the email course. Here’s a quick breakdown of each.
“You can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
– Thanks Zig, You’re A Hero