Monday, 29 March 2010

Want a Resilient Life? Start with Your Duty...

As you may remember from our last post, we had veteran Shakespearean actor Christopher Plummer reprising his role as Klingon General Chang, from Star Trek's 23rd century, and talking about the now famous symbol of the fictional Klingon Empire, the Heart of Virtue... 

As Chang says, the person who doesn't practice the virtue of duty "falls into vainglory and reckless self-interest. No true Warrior could ever tolerate these vices, neither in his comrades, nor in himself."  You can watch the short video here:

  That's all very nice, but just what is "duty"?  

Surely it's one of the most abused concepts in human history, used shamelessly by tyrants of all times to manipulate the masses and send millions to a useless death.  Yes, no doubt about it, duty's been so perverted as a concept that it's hard to find people who put much stock in the whole idea, if they even think about it at all.

However, none of that diminishes the essential truth of true duty.  If duty were not timeless and pure despite the best attempts of humans to pervert it, it would not be a virtue at all.  So what is your duty?

Simple... you're surrounded by your duty every minute of every day.  And because you've been failing to notice that, it's vital to ask yourself constantly, "what is my duty at this moment?"

Your first duty is to be true to yourself, to be who your really are and are meant to be.  You have a fundamental duty as a human being to be honest, truthful and forthright, to help whomever you can, to be kind and respectful to all, to be loving and supportive to your spouse and your children, to do your job in an excellent fashion, to love your country and your world, and, finally, to give thanks!

Anyone who cares about their duty will become a deeply thankful person.  Find me someone who's ungrateful and I'll show you someone who probably doesn't care about their duty.  

At the end of every day you can ask yourself, "Have I done my duty today in an excellent fashion?  How could I improve?"  If you do this every day for just 30 days, you'll experience a renewed sense of purpose, a renewed sense of gratitude and a deep inner happiness welling up inside you.  Why?  Because you're becoming resilient.  You're becoming a Warrior...

~ Dr. Symeon Rodger

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