Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ed Negron's Daily Motivation 2-29-2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Today's Gift

Power is strength and the ability to see yourself through your own eyes and not through the eyes of another. It is being able to place a circle of power at your own feet and not take power from someone else's circle. —Agnes Whistling Elk

Emancipation as adults, seeing ourselves through our own eyes, is difficult. As children, we could have our separateness only in small measure. As men and women, we first bring some childhood ideas to what we experience. We may be arrogant, thinking we already know the answers to life's dilemmas; or defiant, thinking we don't want anyone to tell us what to do; or self-indulgent, grabbing for the greatest pleasure. Those ideas delay seeing ourselves through our own eyes.

Personal power comes when we listen to ourselves and to others. To be independent of everyone may have been our youthful idea of power. In adulthood, power comes in being open and honest about our dependency, yet knowing we have no claim on anyone else to make us happy.

I will place a circle of power at my own feet and stand with dignity inside the circle.

From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men©

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