MKMMA Week 21 Don’t you Dare Pinch me I don’t Want to Wake Up
So we’re off to the races with the new addition to my insurance agency that I told you about last week. There is so much going on that I have had to hire an assistant and the number of agents working with us has doubled. (and Yes both of them are doing great) I insert that little humor because it usually annoys me when people put out statements like that without specifics, leaving the possibility that the “doubling” they are so proud of was really just one more person. In this case I choose to say “doubled” instead of the actual number is because I lost track after the 15th new person came on and am not sure exactly how many there are spread out across the country.
So things in the business world are interesting, exciting, challenging and starting to be very profitable and I bet you can guess what challenge has already raised its head. MKMMA? What MKMMA? Who has time for a sit? I’ll be sitting in my car all day as I drive to Vegas to train this new team that showed up in 2 days. Then just listen to your recording and Earl Nightingale while you drive. Listen to a recording? Are you goofy? I’ll be on the phone all the way out and all the way back trying to get in touch with all these new un- trained people.
I knew that I was making excuses, but also knew that there was something going on that was almost making me glad to have an excuse to disengage. Was it the old blueprint? Frankly, I doubted it as ascribing any counter or rebellious thought to the old blueprint is just a tad disingenuous. It implies that the “new” blueprint material is all perfect, and that there is no room for a rational person to disagree with any of it, and you know that is not how I think. Then I had an epiphany, my “new blueprint” has worked so hard at helping me dig out from under my old BS that it is particularly sensitive to new BS. The BS that it was reacting to, in fact trying to protect me from was good ol Frank. Mr Haanel in his unrelenting attempts to marginalize God to nothing more than “the creative power of thought” (Intro to Lesson 20) was himself triggering my internal BS detectors and that was causing a state of dis-harmony which I interpreted as me wanting to disengage.
It was a odd and awkward place to be for a few days and then Nancy shared this with me from a book she is reading by C.S.Lewis
“God created things which had free will. That means creatures which can go either wrong or right. Some people think they can imagine a creature which was free but had no possibility of going wrong; I cannot. If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having. A world of automatons – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating. The happiness which God designs for his higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free.” Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis
There I realized, is the point of departure between myself and Haanel. I believe in intentional design on the part of a present and authoritative God. Haanel does too, he just desperately wants to convince himself otherwise, and there is where I wish him luck. He had so much figured out, that I find value in reading him everyday, but he seems to have missed out on the biggest blessing the Universe has to offer. Which in my opinion is Friendship. The Creator of our Universe is a person and Frank could have had Him as a friend. Perhaps sometime after he wrote these lessons he met Him, it would be great fun to read that story.