In A Fit of Purpose, I shared that LP Jacks said… “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”
I love that and I call it Studentry. And Zeal. I love my own sense of Zeal. Today, on Facebook I shared, “What a day of Beauty. Prayerfully reflecting on Truthfulness and Reconciliation this day. “Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues.” Truthfulness amongst us. And within us. On an unrelated or maybe related note… I am finding new discoveries about Truthfulness with my own version of self talk. We all have multiple voices within but there is one still, small voice that screams in a whisper. Our Soul. It speaks our Truth beyond fear and doubt and hate. Beyond ego. The fierce walk I am taking to seize back my own optimal health is helping peel away some of the other deceptive inner voices. I am walking, dancing, lifting and biking to build stamina for my Soulful love of boxing. Ideas are germinating in many areas of my life. 8.2 pounds down from the last time I weighed… and that is with added muscle. Got my goals on effort for October. Joining a friendly fitness challenge. Living my own truth on what matters most and soulfully for me. I matter. You matter. Every child matters. Every human matters. And it starts with holding ourselves in Love and Honor. As we do that better, we get better at it in being there for others. Peace. “
Truthfulness is the foundation of all human virtues.
Consider for a moment. Any other virtues in practice; without Truthfulness, it’s motives can be questioned. Being real matters.
History is history. The divisiveness of discussions around history are not actually disagreements on history but on what we seemingly want to choose to see or accept about our actual history. History is history. Anything else is less than truthful. This is true individually as well as collectively. If I am not truthful with myself, it impacts my capacity to make wise decisions and take on the right action… with myself or others.
This new road back to optimal health for me has multiple powerful and real motivations. My body has been telling me I need to get back to that, in undeniable ways. My spirit is ever more ready to accept that, without optimal health, I cannot do the dreamwork I soulfully desire. I simply cannot. Not an option. Not a freakin’ option. And, truthfully, for the last 20+ years, I have played a role that got comfortable… “big ol’ happy and safe Barry”. I have been “successful” in many of my own endeavours, but I am done with that. I am so very done with that, for me. The happiness thing remains. Even the safe with others thing lol. But this boxer dancer boy wants to live his soulful dreams and be his own kind of “sexy”, if you will. It is not about image nor popularity nor body shaming. The Barry Unit is just wanting to be full on Barry… mentally, physically, spiritually and soulfully. True ‘dat.
Indeed and in deed.
My thought to you and me is let us be truthful with ourselves; soulfully so. Let us practice Candor with ourselves. Let us practive Audacity with ourselves.
No posing. A mentor of mine years ago shared that the difference between pose and poise is the I. I for Integrity. I for us being real with ourselves and others; again Soulfully so.
It matters. We matter.
You matter. I matter. None of us are “special” but we all count.
To be that master in the art of living, that student of the art… let us be truthful with ourselves and others. Let us examine our own sense of loss and gain… our own sense of Joy and Zeal… and our own true 1%… and Character. It is the foundation.
Truthfulness: work it out.
“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. ― Anne Frank