Seeking Approval

Happy Hump Day, All!

Yes, it is Wednesday once again, and …. the last day of the month. December is also the last month of 2011. We have been blessed enough to have been given another year of life as we know it. Now, I am not going to get metaphysical today though I wonder sometimes where we go when this all ends, but I must say that I appreciate the form I have been given along this journey …

While each of us attempts to handle our own issues, be they financial or physical, familial or health related, some of us face more devastating roads along this journey. One person I think of today after his doctor was convicted of the charges of medical negligence is Michael Jackson. The trial seemed to expose everybody’s “dirty laundry”, so to speak, and much of it is still out on the “lines” looking filthy! Being famous like MJ must be difficult …. can’t sleep at night and have to handle the personal issues as well as professional development …. just to mention a couple. Dr. Murray was found guilty but it will never … ever bring MJ back. The judge’s sentencing words pierced my ears as he reiterated how Dr. Murray had lied and concealed …. and lied some more …. and manipulated the truth and lied some more! That was some serious “tongue lashing” that he gave to Dr. Murray who still seemed unmoved … Was Dr. Murray seeking anyone’s approval? Did he have a higher power or higher standard of living to which he held himself?

One other person who has weaved an extremely “tangled web” is Herman Cain. Woman after woman have come forth to state that they had a relationship with him or he sexually abused them or he paid for this or paid for that …. and his wife stands there trying to hold up next to him. Well, this latest claim of a relationship of thirteen years is the icing on the cake. If true, you mean to tell me his own wife had no idea of his shenanigans?! Do you think Mr. Cain had a higher power or held himself to a higher standard of living? Now each of us face the same but most of our lives never make it to the headlines and multi-media so nobody ever knows … or do they?

In closing, and as the end of another year comes in with Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza and the New Year comes in, may we take a closer look at what we do? Do we seek anyone’s approval in our behaviour or are we just “buck wild” with this precious gift we have called “life” until the end?

“A man (or woman) cannot be comfortable without his own approval.” – Mark Twain

…. and that may not be enough ….

Today, I will nourish a relationship with myself by facing my own disapproval and growing toward greater comfort. (TOUCHSTONES November 30th)


John I. Cook, Director

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