R2A2 Machine – Week 06

“Please, Sir, may I have some more?” Dickens’s immortal words in the mouth of Tiny Tim were the warp and woof of my life. I was the beggar, constantly presenting my bowl to friend, family and stranger alike. I didn’t even have the courage to shave my head and put on a saffron robe. All I had was my need and my bowl.

And then, one day, I changed. Tiny Tim grew. He grew into John McLean. Death no longer was my shadow. Like a millenial’s Chuck Norris joke, death feared me.

What happened? What changed? One day, finally, I was no longer content to be a voyeur, peeping with lust at the life I really wanted. On that day, I knew.

I knew the life I wanted was mine for the taking.

And that made all the difference. My life of asking was over.

God endows each of us with unique gifts. We are all potentially His servants, and the talents are in hand. He wants to live in us as we magnify Him by serving His children, our brothers and sisters. And we serve best as we multiply our talents.

Or put another way, we serve best as we love ourselves enough to let our true talents shine. And talents shine best when we use them for the benefit of others without thought of reciprocal reward.

Charles Haanel mirrored the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “There is a fine estate awaiting a claimant. ….” All we need do to claim the estate is to desire it, to own it, and to use it. Grow the person, grow the estate.

The seed of the tree of life is a personal vision of the power within, the power to manifest any life we want.

We plant that seed in the soil of our soul as we become willing to give, perhaps to give all we have, rather than see a brother or sister go begging or otherwise in want. We water and fertilize the seed of our tree of life with the fire of our desire, of that type of desire that will not be denied. We will; therefore there can be no denial.

Just as seeds take time to mature into trees, patience is required as we grow within us our own tree of life. Add to patience diligence, and to diligence faith. And to faith, add persistence. To persistence, add creativity. And, by and by, the tree sprouts, grows, and bears fruit.

And just as a fruit tree begins to bear within 5 years, so our tree of life will take no more than that time to bear fruit. And when it does, that fruit will be sweet above all that is sweet, pure above all that is pure, and we will have joy in the fruits of our labors forever.

And how does this start? With desire. Burning desire. Recognize the concept, relate it to yourself, assimilate the virtue, and apply the resulting lessons. And in time, you’ll become an R2A2 machine.

And the product of that machine? The life you truly desire.

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6 thoughts on “R2A2 Machine – Week 06

  1. Wow…what a wonderful post. I can relate in agreement and passion so many of the perspectives you shared. One such example that resonates significantly is the part about God endowing us with gifts that as His servants we magnify Him by serving others. That is so true and so dead on in line with my strong belief. Thank you for sharing and in such an eloquent way. I look forward to continuing to follow you.

  2. Your analogy with the seed is very apt. It reminds me to be patient, to nurture myself, encourage myself, feed myself, believe in myself and right now, to forgive myself. I have been dealing with the frustrations of time and ‘stuff’ that keeps landing on my doorstep and I have allowed it to impact on the things that are vital to me – which leads me to further frustrations. Then I wonder how I can manifest order and calmness in my life and see the challenges. As I write, I recognise further the power of reflection, therefore imagine the power of meditation – taking time out of my chaos. I can have order and calm in my mind, my world within – and that will manifest in my world without.

    I’m also discovering that responding to posts is a very valuable exercise for me. I appreciate you and your words.

  3. A small correction. The author of the quote is correct – Charles Dickens. The immortal words are not from the mouth of “Tiny Tim”, but from “Oliver Twist”. I believe the correct quote is: “”Please, sir,” replied Oliver, “I want some more.””
    The quote is from Dickens’ book “Oliver Twist”.

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