This week covers talk about spiritual pioneers; what the author describes as people that put relationships before results, live with integrity, and care about how their actions affect the greater community. Those able to speak their truth even if it falls against the popular trends, or those being willing to take a stand for what they believe in even if it means others questioning their sanity.
I liked this chapter but I am not quite sure I liked the choice of wording. When I want to better understand something, I delve deep into the root causes of events, phenomena, or words.
Pioneer is defined as:
n. a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.
n. a person who is among the first to research and develop a new area of knowledge or activity.
vb. develop or be the first to use or apply (a new method, area of knowledge, or activity)
None of these definitions set well with me as they describe something specific yet missing the point regarding the author’s description.To be a spiritual pioneer is to be the first to do something in this field, and just because you live with integrity doesn’t necessarily put you in the range of firsts. It puts you ahead of the curve as a human being, but please stay grounded, otherwise the hypocrisy becomes too much to bear.
Further digging into this word brought up a great list of synonyms that I could relate to even more than her initial choice of wording itself.
Instigator had to be one of my favorites. Something I could totally get onboard with.
I am not a pioneer of any kind and I do not feel that living my truth is paving the way for others to follow, but the thought of instigating others on to question their own truths, their own dreams, their own deep longings; that is something I live for .
Sometimes being an instigator can take its toll and come back to bite me, but in the end, if my stepping out on a limb, exposing myself to ridicule, or anger can ease the way for others to accomplish what they otherwise wouldn’t, then I am willing to take that step. This doesn’t make me a pioneer, but it does make me a willing participant in this thing we call life. Wanting better things for my friends, family, loved ones and ultimately myself, pushes me on against the odds, regardless of momentary discomfort. I would hope others would feel the same but if not, then maybe they can learn by example.
Be the change you wish to see in the world ~Gandhi
This is not something that is given only a week’s consideration before moving on to bigger and better things. It is a way of life that takes a lot of energy to cultivate before it becomes second nature. To be the person you hope to be does take work, and constant refining, but will be worth it at the journey’s end if you are willing to put in the time.
Just because you are quiet by nature does not mean that you cannot achieve great things. Anything is possible as long as you are willing to make the effort for it.
A word of caution: Living your truth that is not in line with the popular trends can be uncomfortable. It can sting. It can hurt. But if you are being authentic and true to yourself, that is all that matters.
Often when I am contemplating something that needs to be said or done, I will mull it over and then, work up the courage to do it. Some of these things are either big or small, but they all start with a thought and I go from there. Like stepping off of a diving board into frigid water, I take a deep breath and jump right in before I can second guess myself into inaction.
Sometimes you just have to take that leap. Even if it scares the hell out of you.
This week’s action challenge:
1 Take a stand in what you believe in even if others think you are crazy
I am fairly certain others already think I am crazy and when there is something I feel I need to take a stand in, I do it.
2 Risk telling the truth even when you are afraid to do so
This one is not so easy. People say they want to hear the truth but they really don’t.
There is a fine line between speaking your truth and keeping the peace.
It should go without saying, if there is something you are in dire need to get off your chest, by all means, do it. But if there is something that will not do any good by speaking it aloud, sometimes it’s better to keep quiet. Otherwise, you are just looking for an argument for no other reason than to fight. Choose your battles wisely.
There is a third option but it mostly deals with personal clients and as I do not own a business as of yet, this does not pertain to me, so I will not bother listing it.
Last week was a difficult one for me: with the election, family, and work issues.
This week I am looking forward to getting back on track just before the holiday push.
This is a busy time of year and I will be working a lot of hours plus I have started a new online course as well. Sometimes I am a glutton for punishment.
Meanwhile, I will continue to live out my truth, speak my mind when possible and carry on.