This Week's Wisdom
By Paul Bauer
Last night, I saw a powerful new movie
called The Insider. It's about a man who risked everything
to tell the truth because he knew it was the right thing
If you want a refreshing lesson on why being true to our nature
is important, please see this movie!
How often are you faced with the option of speaking your Truth
or backing down and "being a nice person"? When you
see this movie, you'll think twice about the next time that you're
in a situation that requires you to do the right thing.
Not the popular thing - not the easy way out, but having
integrity within yourself and honoring this value.
Integrity can mean many things, but at its root, Integrity means
the quality of being complete or unbroken - wholeness.
The power of this movie is that the central character is forced
to make a decision - a difficult decision that could break anyone,
to sign a confidentiality agreement that states he will not divulge
any information to anyone about his work at Brown & Williamson
tobacco company. One of many companies that have been contributing
to hundreds of thousands of people dying from lung
cancer and related illness each year!
(This is a TRUE story)
The main character, Wiegand is forced to struggle between telling
the truth - a truth that could save thousands of lives, or remaining
quiet. If he remains quiet, thousands WILL die. If he tells the
truth, he risks being imprisoned for breaking the confidentiality
agreement (which is enforceable by law), losing his severance
package and benefits (the golden handcuff) and unexpectedly,
In this apparent no-win scenario, he decides to honor his
integrity and tell the truth - no matter what the consequences
are. He sees that remaining quiet would not only break his own
integrity, but add to the already long list of atrocities put
on the American public by the tobacco industry.
What difference does this make to Me, Paul?
Many people go through their daily lives and are faced with honoring
themselves or someone else that they think rules their lives.
When given this choice, ask yourself "What's the right
thing to do in this situation?" The thing that when
you go to sleep at night you can say to yourself "I did
the right thing".
There's an old quote that Abraham Maslow taught Wayne Dyer and
"Learn to be free of the good
opinion of others"
Let's take this lesson one step further... Learn to be free of
the good opinion of your own ego.
I have a question.
Are you willing to listen to your Heart and intuition and be
true to yourself, even when it hurts? Are you willing to do the
unpopular thing especially when it's needed? Do you now work
for a company that routinely rapes the land with
pollution, or for a drug company that uses animals for
testing and even worse uses humans as guinea pigs?
Does this sound too opinionated? Only to those unwilling to really
look at what is needed to honor our Earth, our children, ourselves.
Have you ever considered the consequences of your decisions?
Do you purchase toxic products from companies like Monsanto (maker
of Nutrasweet - a known toxic compound that slowly poisons the
body - and they are now trying to "bioengineer" crops
such as corn, soybeans, etc. that create dangerous side effects)?
Do you smoke? Do you allow your children to watch violence on
TV thinking "Oh, they'll get over it"?
Every seed we sow grows, so we need to be aware
- fully conscious of what we are planting in our own minds and
the minds of those who you influence.
What can I do today to have more integrity?
Sit for a moment, and ask yourself:
Why am I here?
What am Here to do?
How can I best use my creative talents and speak my Truth?
How can I honor my intuition - my Heart and honor this
sacred Earth I live on - to help protect it for my children?
As you go about your daily life, listen to your Heart, remember
that integrity means the state of being complete, connected
to your own self. What can you do as you are reading
this, that will honor your own integrity?
"What do I need to be truthful
about that will honor myself
and free up energy within me?"
Listen and trust...
The rest is but mere details...
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