Catalyst for Change

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

Funny enough, the first enemy you will likely encounter when changing something, anything, is yourself. Inertia is a powerful force in human nature and the legions of the status quo will quickly train their weapons on you should you threaten their possessions with original thought.

I imagine that most people interpret the injunction to “love your enemies” as being something that you have to screw up your courage to do in relation to another, but the biggest enemy you have and therefore the one in greatest need of your love, is you. Actually, there’s not much point in trying to love others when you don’t love yourself truly, fully and deeply.

That’s not to say that you should become obsessed with yourself,  but you do need to come to the point where you are willing to relinquish any shade of self-loathing if you are to be as effective as you can be at serving others. Love yourself and you can love the world.

Love the world and you will become a catalyst for change.

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9 Responses to Catalyst for Change

  1. Rebecca Ledet says:

    Self-loathing will definitely hold you back from accomplishing great things. When you can come to the point where you love yourself, which ironically comes when you can love something more than yourself (whether it be your service to others, life, etc.), that’s when there is strength enough to make a stand for change and face the backlash that may come from that.

    • Gregg Hake says:

      When you serve others consistently you tap into an irrepressible and inexhaustible spring that recharges and renews you from the inside-out. The backlash needn’t be feared if you are remaining faithful to that which matters most to you. It’s just another obstacle to overcome with as little ado as possible.

  2. Coco says:

    Sometimes when we can’t love ourselves it could be that we’ve not known love and acceptance from others. I’d then suggest you put distance from those that live their lives sending that message to you.There is also the requirement to be the finest person you can be. You have to be lovable to be loved, even to be loved by yourself. This can require a change of heart. We were NOT created to be mean, dissatisfied critical beings. Our equipment only works if thankfulness & appreciation are at it’s core and as you’ve previously expressed, we are serving others. That’s an easy person to love!

  3. Ricardo B. says:

    This can be a challenge in the world today, with the constant pressures that we all face every single day, all the things that need to get done. Great care needs to be taken so that our health does not suffer as a result of this, for it is so easy to neglect even the basic of needs we all share – proper nourishment, activity, water, rest and reflection.
    Aligning yourself consciously with your higher nature brings the proper perspective in facing the daily challenges, and from here the balance of your love can shine through, first through yourself and then to others into the world beyond. From here, acts of kindness, generosity and patience can readily follow and you need not force your will to do what you know is right. Clean acts of virtue, with no strings attached, can only come as you deeply love yourself as you realize the vast gravity of what it is that you are and what your life means to the world.

    • Gregg Hake says:

      I love your mention of “clean acts of virtue, with no strings attached.” The approach I am advocating reminds you that you have the wherewithal to out-pressure the pressures in your life if your head and heart are in the right place. You cannot serve with both hands and feet if you are busy smacking yourself in the back of the head or kicking your own behind.

  4. I appreciate your words about clearing out any shade of self loathing. Wouldn’t it be fair to say that when we have made a mistake we have had the feeling of “I can’t stand myself.” We actually have an aversion of ourself. It is good to see this anew and recognize the need for change when this occurs. As we open to the changes required we may not know all of what is entailed all at once yet the simple acknowledgement for change sets the stage for steps to be seen and action to be taken. And as action is taken confidence is gained power is generated and something can extend through us to bless the world.

    • Gregg Hake says:

      I assume that when you say “make a mistake” you are referring to the point at which the mistake is recognized, whether we came to it on our own or by means of someone pointing it out to us. And I couldn’t agree with you more! A healthy habit to get in is to celebrate when mistakes are pointed out and to give specific thanks for the privilege of seeing the err of your ways. So doing sets you up for success and greatly reduces the odds of the same mistake being made again. The usual approaches (beating yourself up, blaming others or your circumstances, self-pity, etc.) may appear to resolve the issue, but in reality they are nothing but false humility. False humility does not solve the problem, it complicates matters further.

  5. Marianne Brandon says:

    Superb!

  6. Colin says:

    This is a vital prerequisite if you do not want to be a self-saboteur. I think that it is really important to realize that perfection is not something that we are aiming to achieve someday in the future. You have made it very clear in the many preceding posts that it is available now. But you cannot become a self loather if you miss the mark of perfection. Becoming depressed because you are less than perfect takes you even further from the goal. Because perfection is not static, you must constantly make corrections and adjustments to stay perfect with regards to the current configuration of circumstance. The trick is to make the corrections small and constant, and therefore invisible in the larger scheme of life.

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