Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday night thought - 15 January 2016 AD - The Discipline to Confront

Friday night thought, 15 January 2016 AD - The Discipline to Confront

As we get into the swing of this new year, and stop signing checks with "2015", it is time again for some moto to get us into this weekend.  Perhaps one of the most stone cold, rock solid things that I have ever read is what has been termed "The Stockdale Paradox". It is a term coined by Jim Collins in his book, "Good to Great".

What is it?, you may ask. It is simply this:

This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be” – Vice Admiral James Stockdale (1923-2005)

You can read more context for the comment HERE.  Better yet, read RADM Stockdale's book

You can also get the gist of what these men underwent by reading Denton's "When Hell Was in Session"

  Romans 5:3-8 

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

And not only so; but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience trial; and trial hope;
And hope confoundeth not: because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts, by the Holy Ghost, who is given to us.
For why did Christ, when as yet we were weak, according to the time, die for the ungodly?
For scarce for a just man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some one would dare to die.
But God commendeth his charity towards us; because when as yet we were sinners, according to the time,

These books and the short quotes from RADM Stockdale and Romans 5:3-8 are an ample primer on not feeling sorry for oneself and having the sheer will to live and overcome, no matter how brutal the circumstance.  It makes our daily troubles pale in comparison.  I suggest that all young people read these books and gain some perspective in this world.  America's youth needs perspective.  We are sure to be tested in the days ahead, and we need to be made of stern stuff.  We must also have the courage to understand and evaluate the true nature of the forces aligned against us and must not waiver from addressing them with brutal honesty.

 +Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee+

As these points are perhaps a heavy load yet somehow optimistic in a larger sense, I'd like to leave you with some Gregorian Chanting of the Knights Templar. I have found this to be extremely relaxing.  It is a counter to stress.  May you find solace and relaxation in this as you contemplate what the weekend holds.

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