Monday, September 13, 2004

Daddy’s Advice

Daddy only gave me one piece of advice: "If you want to be successful, study someone who is successful." Sounds simple but it isn’t!! The problem is what exactly is a successful person?? Is it someone who is a famous religious person?? Someone who has done great things for humanity?? Someone who has accumulated a lot of money?? Generally speaking in our me centered world, with the devil take the hindmost philosophy it is someone who has accumulated a lot of money!! I remember reading somewhere that a rich person once said that money was only a score keeper that measured your progress in the business world. The problem is that we only have stewardship of that money for a limited period of time and once we die we have to give it up. Doesn’t sound much like success to me!! Anyway I thought about it for awhile and the only successful person I know is God. God is the beginning and the end so he is likely to be around when you need him. God designed this universe and on the whole he has made it interesting for us if we care to get involved. He is the original inventor of the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid). God has based the universe on simple principles , that are essentially maintenance free, capable of evolving on their own, and are the bricks for more complicated structures in life, relationships, events etc.. God is approachable and reasonable if you are nice to him. God has time for you if you accept the fact that he might not get back to you right away. God has given you a brain and expects you to use it. God wants you to put some sweat equity into the relationship. God has given you Free Will but the downside is you have to deal with the consequences if you screw up. Sometimes he will get you out of your personal pickle and other times he will let you sweat for awhile. God also improves your listening skills. He’s not one to give you a laundry list of things to do that day, but he does expect you to listen for hints in the form of events that come your way and things people say to you that have originated with him. Come to think about it he is a famous religious person, has done great things for humanity and as far as money is concerned, who cares, because God has a plan for you if you will stop whining and pay attention.

1 comment:

Jane said...

I really like the ending- I bet your dad doesn't give you the advice of "you have to be nice to boys in order for them to be nice to you back"... I had a post about god and what life all means (birthday approaching major life fears and enjoyment) i don't know whether i'm going to post or not... Ugh, sorry this ended up about me- I just wanted you to know i'm reading and enjoying