Faith to Prevail, Discipline to Confront Reality

Posted on January 12th, by Albert in Discipline, Faith. No Comments

“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.” – Admiral Jim Stockdale – the highest ranking United States military officer to be a prisoner of war during Vietnam (8 years). He shouldered the burden of command during his captivity so that he could create conditions that would increase the number of prisoners who would survive unbroken. After release he said, “I never lost faith in the end of the story. I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”

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Hold the Muster, Consent Instead. (Faith, Desires)

Posted on April 23rd, by Albert in Desire, Faith, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Before you have an urge to do something or embark upon a project, there is a moving of Spirit in you, prompting you in that direction. It arises as desire. The faith necessary to carry out this desire does not come from bucking up or trying to muster the strength. Faith is simply your consent, it is saying “yes” to this out-forming of the creative process. It’s acknowledging and allowing that this is the proper path and to take it regardless of the protests from your inner critic and ego. – adapted from “Spiritual Economics” by Eric Butterworth