Week 8 – Attitude and Determination

Week 8…already two months in?  I took my birthday off and made it into a “me” day, a real “me” day.  My concentration was placed on getting much of the things done that I had to and I actually became happy with myself again.  I also realized that I am very hard on myself with what is called the “red pencil” syndrome – looking more to beat myself up over not having done things that I should have rather than appreciating what I did get done.  Rewind this thinking to grade school: why do teachers grade with a red pencil making X’s on the wrong answers and count those rather than grading with a green pencil and making check marks on the right answers and counting those?  Why are we taught to “conform” to what society deems as socially acceptable verses to be guided to follow our own path and chase our bliss?  My eyes were opened again this week by someone who revealed themselves to me in a completely different light as I had ever expected…Jim Carrey addressed the Maharishi University of Management’s class of 2014 with a commencement address that made me question the very being of who I am.  My attitude, that had just been one of knowledge and understanding, has just taken a turn toward wanting to learn and understand more.  For if my view and understanding of Jim Carrey is so far off, how much, how many other things that I think I know are just not simply so?

So much of what he says resonates with me and my journey with the MKMMA, that it actually put me back into deep thought and analysis of my life.  My attitude has to be about me and improving me, to the point of knowing there is nothing else I can do than to put my nose to the grindstone and determine that I will get this done!

I am still trying very hard to not give my opinion but when they do slip out, I am at least aware of it…most of the time.  In addition to that this week, I am on a mental diet of not allowing any negativity to pass through my lips, yikes!  This was an awesome quick clip from The Bob Newhart Show (am I showing my age now?) that hits the nail right on the head about our bad habits:

“Form the habit of analyzing every thought.  If it is necessary, if it’s manifestation in the objective will be a benefit, not only to yourself but to all whom it may affect in anyway, keep it; treasure it; it is of value; it is in tune with the Infinite; it will grow and develop and produce fruit an hundred fold.”

Bless you and thank you for being here with me.

6 thoughts on “Week 8 – Attitude and Determination”

  1. Rip, thank you so much for sharing this. The commencement address by Jim Carey was very profound and as you said, resonates with the MKMMA journey. I had to watch the video more than once. Prior to this, I thought he was simply a funny guy, but I have a whole new attitude – he’s a deep thinker and he summarized very well what we have been learning. There were so many highlights, one of the best, “the effect you will have on others is the most valuable currency there is” and “take a chance on faith”. This video is definitely in harmony with MKMMA! Thank you again!

  2. Hi Rip. Yes the Red Pencil is in our minds very deeply. Opinions are that, red ink
    invading our thinking. I too have had to rethink many things, wondering why I think
    that way, and realizing the error in it. Thank God for this course.

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