11/8/20: Negotiating the World Checklist #poetry

11/8/20: Negotiating the World Checklist #poetry

Sincerity is the only proper basis for forming relationships.

Sincerity attracts good fortune to itself from without.

Never perform, pretend or persuade.

Persevere in following your deepest spiritual impulses.

Never betray your conscience and inner beacon.

Never seek association with others as if you were an obsequious office hunter.

Don’t throw yourself away. Always maintain your dignity.

Only maintain sociability with people who do not belong in your sphere. Never engage in intimacy with such people. If you do maintain such intimacy, you will not be free to enter into relationship with people of your own kind later on.

Surround yourself with people who respect you and treat you well. If such people are not immediately available be faithful in your solitude. The solitary person will be rewarded with fruitful relationships if he or she only has the patience and faithfulness to wait.

Know your own heart and soul and be open to its twins in the external world.

When you are in union with a soulful connection openly show your attachment, commit to your connection, and honor it with diligence and loyalty.

Accept those who come to you, and allow those that don’t come to go their own way. Relate to all people in the terms and proportions that they engage you. Good connections can vary in levels of understanding and intensity.

Don’t hesitate to make a soulful connection. Accept and reciprocate love enthusiastically.

Don’t be distracted by inevitable betrayals, ignorant and malicious criticisms and false accusations. Once you overcome your own doubt of the existence of your soul, you can sidestep attacks and defend yourself if necessary.

Never take a job or participate in a social situation that requires you to change in ways that violate your fundamental sense of peace and happiness.

Be the authority of your own life. Never let anyone dictate to you how you should be, or what is important to you.

Suffer material deprivation rather than betray your deep principles. If the possibility to exert your influence is closed off from you, remain faithful to your values and withdraw into seclusion.

Everyone changes every day. Be open to past adversaries’ evolution into present and future friends.

Don’t form cliques based upon egoistic interests. Be open to potential union with anyone.

Sometimes people who love one another endure long struggles before they find one another. Endure and have faith. Love waits for you with the certainty of natural law.

Don’t confuse social relationships that are mere entertainments as real friendships. Friends are people who sit with one another and encourage the development of their individual souls, placing no demands or requirements upon the destinies that are directed by the divine, and are exposed to us all.

Always favor and promote good and oppose evil.

Revere the worthy.

God helps the devoted; men help the true.

When you have no doubts and are totally sincere, your confidence will win the enthusiastic cooperation of other people. This circumstance is often called leadership.

In order to find people, situations and actions that serve you, God and other people, you must put away childish things.

Stay focused on your mission. In so doing you will see through flatterers who only wish to exploit you and your achievements for their personal advantage.

Make goodness your lodestar.

Challenge egotism to reawaken the best spiritual impulses of people.

Perform every task for its own sake without an eye to its result. Then each action succeeds, often in unexpected ways.

Look for helpers in your project with the greed of a hungry tiger.

If you become a sage or a hero, always be aware of your great responsibility.

Chastise the ringleaders of evil and spare the followers.

Tolerate imperfection in yourself and others.

If your mind is agitated and fixated on one object, you can only influence the focus of your conscious thoughts, and close yourself off from all other possibilities.

The more one concentrates on one’s actual achievements, the less harm the envious can inflict upon him or her.

Say what you mean, soft and clear.

Always be willing to dissolve your bonds with a person or group, and leave all private friendships out of account, in order to act upon the will of God. Most men and women don’t consider such decisions. These choices are necessary to all personal and human progress.

If a limitation is galling, don’t persist in it.

Life is a constant process, a transition from chaos to order. Surf the eternal wave.

Copyright 2020 Richard Thomas

One thought on “11/8/20: Negotiating the World Checklist #poetry

  1. Reblogged this on The Rick Blog and commented:

    I wrote this piece on a Sunday afternoon. I like the poem very much. I thought it was one of my more personal pieces, and it is, but it is also oddly political. When I picked a song to accompany the writing, I chose “On Eagle’s Wings” a song that I’ve liked for a long time. It used to be a guilty pleasure — the song isn’t what I used to consider very hip. A benefit of aging is that you just like what you like, and don’t care what anyone else thinks about it. What’s next? Lawrence Welk? At any rate, I’m in good company. President-Elect Biden mentioned this song in his remarks after it was clear that he had won the election beyond the shadow of a doubt. The song is a Catholic hymn. I had no idea. I just knew that Michael Crawford used it to close a concert. Listen to the song and read my poem. I think they are kind of beautiful, which is a quality that I like in my work when it appears, and that always surprises me when it does. I love it when the writing reveals to me that the requirements of being a citizen, and the requirements of being a human being are identical.

    Copyright 2020 Richard Thomas


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