by Lawrence J. J. Leonard
Once upon a time there existed a civilization called the Mesopotamians. These people accepted the logic of the elements, the weather, density, weight ratios, and natural powers much mightier than themselves.
They accepted these things as the ingredients of their lives.
This was their “truth” in its basic and practical form.
Let’s take the cute “Weather Rock,” a charming little tchotchke often sold to tourists in the American west.
The instructions read:
Place rock outside.
When rock is wet – it has rained.
When rock is hot – it is sunny.
When rock is moving – it is windy.
No one disputes this “childish” but very Mesopotamian concept of truth. It is undeniable.
What we know about them best is that they incorporated mathematics into their daily lives. And, they came to understand that mathematics is a logic language. Maybe the first ever spoken words of that civilization were, “One. One rock. I have one rock! Ah, ah, ah!”
Truth is, if we have a universal standard or agreement on a given subject, then we have truth. This will make sense for everyone in most of society. Truth lives in the laws we enact. So, if we set a vehicle speed limit to 30 mph, but then we drive on that road at 31 mph, we have broken the law. This is truth.
Cut to the chase
What is the best way to make truth work, make it work right, make it a pillar of all success, and make it a part of our brand? Let’s ask THE expert.
Here is the most IMPORTANT question to ask yourself about truth: “What am I?”
The question is NOT about “who.” Because we are a “who” to many people. We are moms, dads, presidents, CEOs, breadwinners, the final say, the house, authority, lovers, consolers, teachers, role models. This is what we DO and a role we play. This is not what we ARE.
Let’s go back to Mesopotamia. Ask the question again. What am I?
I am: Male/Female/Something – Tall/short/something – skinny/fat/something – dark/light/something….
We are not limited to the “what” that is on the outside, are we?
I am: Helpful/selfish/something – Compassionate/bitchy/something – Uplifting/critical/something….
Review these INGREDIENTS.
Is this the sum of WHAT we are?
WHAT I am is – striving to improve.
WHAT I am is – in control of what I can control.
WHAT I am is – not in control of others’ feelings.
WHAT I am is important
and my ingredients are important
and my life is important.
The truth recipe is
- Accept what I am
- Alter, change, improve my ingredients
WHIP them into applications of good habits.
- For the rest of my life
- Then I can be Ready to Serve each morning.
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