It wasn’t but a month ago when I met an old friend for coffee at Starbucks. He was in a great mood and said, “Let’s start a business together. With my intelligence and your money, we can make a fortune.” I asked if he thought that might be a tad intrusive – him imposing his brain on my money. He said, “Not at all. I’ve got some very intelligent ideas brewing in my head.” I countered with this. “Okay, I’ll agree, but only if you agree that my role is to criticize every intelligent idea that you come up with, and your job is to come up with an even more intelligent idea.” We both had a hearty laugh over the insanity of the moment.
What isn’t funny about life is that there are folks who really believe it’s their job to use their brain to make decisions for everyone else. If it turns out good, they take full credit. However, if it turns out bad, they’re quick to blame the other guy for blowing the plan.
So, here are five tips that will help you stop getting lured in and dragged down by others who think they know what’s best for you. These tips help you develop what you want most: a feeling of high self-esteem, which is a quality of spiritual maturity.
Don’t Get Dragged Down Tip # 5: Never Learn How To Drag Others Down
Sometimes a story tells it best. A rabbit attended ‘cunning fox classes’ to learn the ways of a cunning fox. One afternoon, as the rabbit left the classroom, a cunning fox classmate promised the rabbit he would walk him to his rabbit hole to be sure he (the rabbit), made it home safely. The rabbit saw the invitation as a cunning trick, and said, “No thank you. I prefer to hop home alone.” To the rabbit’s great relief the cunning fox walked away, saying, “Have it your way.” The rabbit began hopping home, feeling certain he’d never see the fox again. No one ever saw the rabbit again. Never learn how to drag others down, thinking somehow it will lift you up, or hoping it will help you from being dragged down by others.
Go out into your day now and practice what you’ve learned today. EAK it, don’t say, “Freak it.” To EAK it is to Experience the lesson by Acting on it so you can truly Know it. The more you practice, the deeper the lesson sinks into your mind. And when it sinks deep, your cosmic confidence improves, which brings upon you endless inner riches. Right there you received the rewards that come with spiritual maturity.
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