MASTERY in one's career and consciousness growth simply requires that we constantly produce results beyond and out of the ordinary. Mastery is product of consistently going beyond our limits. For most people, it starts with technical excellence in a chose field and a commitment to that excellence. If you are willing to commit yourself to excellence, to surround yourself with things that represent this and miracles, your life will change. (when we speak of miracles, we speak of events or experiences in the real world which are beyond the ordinary).
This quote sits framed in my office. I am in the second week of reading this on a daily basis. Above is the first of four paragraphs.
This paragraph is probably the most controversial. Most individuals avoid miracles. We (the culture collectively) expect the ordinary, we (the culture collectively) don't claim the extraordinary, and we (the culture collectively) reserve the term "miraculous" for loonies and history and therefore condemn the term to an outpost that is inaccessible and hopefully never visited. This is so is ingrained in our minds it becomes a conscious choice to keep our souls damned. I personally desire technical excellence, but I rarely begin there. I have a perfectionist streak, but that perfectionism is often reactionary and - streaky. I don't begin there. When I begin there, when I demand it of myself before I move on, when I don't change channels... things happen. Change begins.
While it is my technical excellence, that change that begins is not my own.
We (the culture collectively) also hate miracles because they are
- Out of the ordinary
- Defying conventional wisdom
- Harbingers of change
- Beyond our control
What within out control is worth celebrating? Are the moments that we perfectly controlled a situation the ones we really love the most? Maybe they do our pride some good, but can we rely on that? Are the great stories ever the ones that end predictably? The moments when:
- Your oldest sings a lullaby to his younger brothers to soothe them to sleep?
- The big underdog defeats the mighty goliath?
- The prisoner is ransomed?
- The odds are defied, the circumstances beaten, the cancer goes into remission?
None of these are our control made manifest. All of them are two-edged swords of beauty. It begins with our technical excellence, an appreciation for something we know to be hard and probably difficult. Then we move forward, and in moving forward we can better understand our personal history by appreciating the beauty that begins to unfold around us, a beauty we are in the midst of, but a beauty we are not in control of.