Randy Siegel builds the people who build organizations.
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Postcard from Asheville, N.C.
I've been in a kind of spiritual desert for quite some time. I used to believe it was because my personal theology was so unclear.
Recently I stumbled upon a spiritual oasis. Looking back, it happened about the same time I began taking Lucy, my beautiful headstrong Dalmatian, walking again. Something about being out in nature, in these beautiful mountains, connects with me with my higher power. My theology may still be a little muddy, but it no longer keeps me from being the spiritual being I was born to be.
I now make time - even if it's five minutes - almost every day to be quiet and attentive. When I do, I sense my higher power's presence, and I feel even more connected to my purpose and my best self.
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This month, we'll examine the power of spirit.
The Power of Spirit
It's not surprising that so many clients tell me that of all the principles I teach, self-acceptance is the hardest to embrace. Many of us were taught at a young age that we are not okay as we are. As a result, we go through life feeling that we are never enough. We feel we are lacking something essential to be whole.
If only I were five pounds thinner...
If only I had more money...
If only I were in a long-term relationship...
And the list goes on.
Yet, in truth, your spirit is perfect as it is, and it's your most cherished possession. The following fable explains it best. Its author is unknown.
Once upon a time there was a rich king who had four wives.
He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to the finest of delicacies. He gave her nothing but the best.
He also loved the third wife very much and was always showing her off in neighboring kingdoms. However, he feared that one day she would leave him for another.
He also loved his second wife. She was his confidante and was always kind, considerate, and patient with him. Whenever the king faced a problem, he could confide in her, and she would help him get through the difficult times.
The king's first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in helping him maintain his wealth and kingdom. However, he did not love his first wife. Although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice of her.
One day, the king fell ill and he knew his time was short. He considered his luxurious life and thought, "I now have four wives with me, but when I die, I'll be all alone."
Thus, he said to the fourth wife, "I have loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing, and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No way!" replied the fourth wife, and she walked away without another word. Her answer cut like a sharp knife right into his heart.
The sad king then said to the third wife, "I have loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"No!" replied the third wife. "Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to remarry!" His heart sank and turned cold.
He then said to the second wife, "I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?"
"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!" replied the second wife. "At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave." Her answer struck him like a bolt of lightning, and the king was devastated.
Then a voice called out: "I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go." The king looked up, and there was his first wife. She was very skinny as she suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the king said, "I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!"
In truth, we all have the four wives in our lives:
Our fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it will leave us when we die.
Our third wife is our possessions, status, and wealth. When we die, it will all go to others.
Our second wife is our family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for us, the farthest they can go with us is up to the grave.
And our first wife is our spirit, often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power, and pleasures of the world. However, our spirit is the only thing that will follow us wherever we go.
Cultivate, strengthen, and cherish it now, for it is the only part of us that will follow us to the throne of God and continue with us throughout eternity.
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