There is the saying that “the teacher appears when the student is ready”. I quote this often to people, yet it has had real significance in my life lately. While reading, Two Feet Back by Grant Korgan, he discusses the willingness to listen to what the universe is telling you and to accept its offering. If we are willing to say yes, we will have new experiences that impact our lives and others that we interact with. So with this in mind, I was listening to an interview of Dr. Wayne Dyer by James Altucher on his podcast recently while working out. What Dr. Dyer said in this interview struck me in the heart. Now mind you, I have known about Wayne Dyer since I was a teenager but have never read his books or been a seeker of his wisdom. In fact, we own three of his books, but I had never even opened them because I wasn’t ready for his teachings. I made the decision the other day to download his book: The Wisdom of Ages from the library onto my phone to listen to as I drive and walk the dog. In this book Dr. Dyer shared Marcus Cicero’s 6 Mistakes of Man that I felt compelled to share with the readers of my blog. It is wisdom that was written over 2,000 years ago that applies now just as it once did.
Marcus Cicero’s 6 Mistakes of Man:
1. The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others
2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected
3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it
4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences
5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study
6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do
1. We mistakenly think in terms of scarcity instead of abundance. Rather than looking for a win-win situation, we look to destroy our competitors and those around us so we can win. However, there is another way.
2. “Worry is like a rocking chair, you can do it all day and go nowhere.” If we can do something about the situation, it is best to take action. If it is outside of our control, it is best to let go of the thought that is harming us and destroying our capability to be joyful in the present.
3. Nothing is impossible. Only thinking makes it so. Just because I cannot achieve something does not mean that someone else is not able to.
4. Spending time majoring in minor subjects. We spend our precious energy and time worrying about what others think of us rather than developing our character, commitments and curiosity.
5. We have conditioned ourselves to read and study only for formal education and what is going to be on the test. Once our formal education is complete with a degree in hand, our curiosity wanes and delving deeply into a subject for curiosity’s sake goes by the wayside.
6. Choose to live our lives how we want to and let others choose to live theirs as they see fit. Water our own lawn.
Wisdom stands the test of time. Take time to ponder these ideas and see what actions you may want to take based on these 6 Mistakes of Man by Cicero.
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