Twelve Step Vision – After thoughts
In my post “12 Step Vision”, I left the reader with an admonition to seek by following feelings and promptings. I have since come to realize that it is an extremely unusual occurrence for The Lord to say: “Go dial 555-555-1234 and ask for training in the xyz business”. I have heard of rare occasions where someone dialed a wrong number and good came from it, but that is the exception that proves the rule.
So, what am I trying to say? Simply this: please allow me to give you some specific guidance.
Where I and my wife Maggie have chosen to go is in the direction of Living Intentionally For Excellence (LIFE). LIFE is built around the 8F’s of Faith, Family, Finance, Following, Freedom, Friends and Fun.
For Faith, we have chosen The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will be happy to discuss our choice with anyone who is also committed to living intentionally for excellence.
Families are determined by the “genetic lottery” so no amount of argument or persuasion will make or unmake someone a family member. The point here is to avoid a family member legally changing their name and moving away like someone in witness protection! Hopefully all the family will agree on the other 7 of the F’s.
Finance. This is a big one. Why? Mostly because the education system always lags behind. The industrial age model is: go to college, get a degree, work for a good company, retire on a good pension. 95% of the population still believe that. 5% don’t. Obviously the 5% are wrong, right? Maybe. If the 95% are right, then why do
- 94% of all 65 year-old’s have less than $35,000 per year to retire on?
In my own opinion, the United States and other industrialized nations are 95% poor! There is no reason, other than ignorance and apathy, why at least half of us could not have a $50,000 lifestyle working no more than 4 hours per week!
Oh, I hear the Socialists, screaming how wrong I am. Fine. I’m not talking to them. If you are a Socialist, or one of the “compassionate people”, who just happen to agree with much of the Marxist philosophy, I have nothing but opposition for you here. But, If you agree with at least some of the philosophy of Ayn Rand in her book “Atlas Shrugged”, then this may be worth a read.
In the book, the heroes were business owners. Industrial Age to be sure. The problem with creating Industrial Age businesses is that the Industrial Age has passed. It is now the Information Age. Am I advocating you Google “get rich” and take the first offer presented? Absolutely NOT! So, how can half of the 95% retire on more than $50,000 per year after working a whole 5 to 10 years?
It requires a specific combination of attributes, personal and economic. First: Personal.
Only those who are Looking for this kind of income opportunity are likely to find it. Self evident? Maybe. The real problem is in belief. Most of the 95% do not believe that such a thing is possible. Most of those who do believe, feel that it requires some sort of moral or legal perversion to make it happen. Yes GOD created many “honest poor” but I don’t see how that fits in the vision of the Prophets of the Thousand Years of peace and abundance.
The key word here is DESIRE. Should you desire wealth?
“And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get awealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”(Detutronomy 8:17)
“He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these aservants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
For I say unto you, That unto every one awhich hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.” (Luke 19:12-26)
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