MY SUNDAY JOURNAL
By Dalton Roberts
THE "SHOT DOWN" FACTOR
One year in my journal I was writing about job burnout. I had taken off
a few days and almost immediately after returning, old problems reared
their heads and I was right back where I was before I took off.
I called it the "Shot down factor." If you rest yourself from
a job and as soon as you return get shot down again, your burnout is
almost complete. When rest doesn't rest you and you're just as tired
after one day back, it's time to start thinking about some other way to
make your living.
The same is true in relationships. Sometimes we take vacations from each
other, or see counselors who prop us up for a while, but when the
vacations are over and the props are removed, if all the same problems
are there and there's been no significant change, the relationship is on
its last legs.
Always weigh the "shot down factor" as one way to help you
reach a decision.
THE MIRROR IN THE MAHATMA
For 200 years India had given in to their own political and economic
enslavement until Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated through his life the power
of one man's "satyagraha," or soul force,
Reporter William Shirer said, "There was a mirror in the Mahatma in
which we saw reflected what is best in ourselves."
There's a mirror in each of us. It literally is our soul and what we
reflect out to others is that inner light. To the extent that our soul
is loving, kind, considerate, compassionate and true people can look
into our eyes and see it. They then know the power of keeping our
Paul in II Corinthian 3:18 says we are transformed by looking at Jesus.
When we look at anyone who has cleansed their energy field of moral and
spiritual pollutants, we can see not only their glory but the mirror
that shows us our own higher selves.
We cannot believe we can do something special and transformative until
we see someone do it. We cannot believe we can be someone special until
someone who is special helps us see we share in a common specialness, a
common glory, a common destiny.
When we shine up our own inner mirror, we help others see their own
glorious potential. It's not like we're saying, "He, look at me! I
am hot stuff!" No, no no. It's saying, "There's something
worth shining up in me and in you. Let's spray a little Windex Soul
Spray on each other."