Brown writes in his inventive book about the rise of artificial intelligence that any man can stay sober in a desert, but only the loyal can sit in an oasis and refuse to part their lips.
This is the ultimate test of our level of commitment.
Can we live our cherished life purpose choices, even in the face of crushing temptation to do otherwise? Can we remain true to ourselves, even in a world that is constantly trying to turn us into someone else? Can we redefine our toughness through restraint, even amidst the enormous social pressure to give in? Can we make a complete effort anyway, even when the odds are stacked against us and most people won’t even notice anyway? Can we courageously stick with our crazy idea, even if we look like idiots and risk alienating those who don’t understand?
This is a huge ask. To sit in that oasis and refuse to part our lips, it’s not the kind of commitment that we manufacture on the cheap or on the fly. It takes blood, sweat and years.
And the cruelest part is, nobody is going to congratulate us. Nobody is going to pat us on the back for how brave we are. There will be no roaring round of applause, and there will be no white bearded man in the sky to tally our points and approve our admission through the pearly gates.
Which means we better be doing this for our own edification. Because it serves our meaning making mission today.
If you want to elevate your standing in your own eyes, plop down in the middle of the oasis and refuse to part your lips.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Which of your fears are diminishing your commitment?
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