There Oughta Be a Law!

A recent post on Facebook got me thinking about the Federalist Papers.  You know, that collection of writings from the days of our country’s founding that inspired public dialog about the form of limited government we should establish.  This led me to thoughts about the founders like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and observers like Alexis de Tocqueville.  It’s sad to think about how far we’ve drifted from the founders’ intentions and dare I say, what God intended!

Here’s my conclusion.  Until more people take full responsibility for their own lives and their families’ lives we will be hopelessly stuck in a culture that is defined by a philosophy summarized by three phrases: “There oughta be a law…there oughta be a government program…there oughta be regulations…”  Let’s please stop looking to government for solutions to every problem!  Instead of Uncle Sam, we should be looking to Father God.

Elegance in Simplicity, Wisdom in Truth

“To thine own self be true.”
— William Shakespeare

There is elegance in simplicity and wisdom in truth.  Recently I was treated to an example of this when Bryan Flanagan, during a sales workshop in Ohio, used two simple questions and one statement to make a key point to a room full of sales professionals.  He began with an important sales tool – transportation.  “How much do you spend each year on your car?”  He then asked us how much we spend on professional appearance (hair, clothing, hygiene, etc.)  The estimate was in excess of $6000.

In context with the rest of the session the logical conclusion was clear when he completed the point by revealing the price of his sales training package.  Your car gets you to the appointment.  Your personal appearance helps create a good first impression.  But, it’s who you are that earns their business.  The implication was this.  You need to continue investing in yourself and here’s an affordable opportunity for doing so.

“Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.”
― Thomas Jefferson

It’s amazing how much simpler life appears when we give honest, straightforward answers to the right questions.  It’s even more amazing how much simpler life becomes when we comport ourselves according to what we discover in those answers, not what we wish to be true.

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end;
if you look for comfort you will not get neither comfort nor truth
only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”
— C. S. Lewis