Minnesota State Senator, Linda Berglin, will retire from her position after serving for 39 years, to work full time as a health-care policy manager with Hennepin County in August, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press 7-26-11. Senator Berglin cites her greatest achievement in the Senate with the creation of MinnesotaCare, the 1992 law that offered state subsidized health care insurance to the uninsured.
One of the important aspects in life is to give back to society in some manner. We feel better about ourselves, more fulfilled as human beings, and feel a sense of satisfaction, when we are giving back to society in some way.
It is not our purpose necessarily to be remembered for centuries after we pass, creating a “name” for ourselves. The fruit of our work, however, enables us to feel good about ourselves, which helps us all on an energetic level, as well as assisting society at large.
Those individuals that do not enhance the world in any way, do not give of themselves for the betterment of society, and do not contribute monetarily or energetically to help another, live an unsatisfying parasitic life. It is virtually impossible to feel good about oneself if one is taking from all around, and giving nothing back. The flow of energy is stymied, the creation process halted, and the individual involved stagnates.
When we halt the creation and flow of energy process, by behaving as a “taker” of society, giving nothing, but taking as we see fit, we stagnate, slow our growth, and live in a state similar to emotional death.
The flow of energy we create at each moment impacts our growth and the unfolding of our life. When we choose to “vegetate”, actively becoming a “couch potato”, separate our self from others, and do not enhance our self or society in any way, not only are we ceasing to benefit society, we are stymying our own flow of energy and slowing our growth. We, being created by God, and created in the image of God, were born to create. By stymying this process through inactivity, we actually are denying and passively fighting our natural essence. It is through engaging in our life, actively forming and working towards our goals, that we support our soul growth and society.
It is less important whether we succeed in our goals, than whether we attempt to create or give. Listed below are some famous individuals who failed many times before succeeding:
* Abraham Lincoln: Failed as a businessman. Unsuccessful as a lawyer. Defeated in first try for legislature. Defeated first attempt at Congress. Defeated in Senatorial election.
* Winston Churchill: Failed sixth grade. Defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at 62 years.
* Thomas Alva Edison: Fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive”. Made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at finding the correct filament for the incandescent light bulb, before successfully inventing the working light bulb.
*Henry Ford: Failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.
*Albert Einstein: Did not speak until 4-years-old. Did not read until 7. Teachers described him as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.”
*Michael Jordan: Cut from his high school basketball team.
*Babe Ruth: Hit 714 home runs. Struck-out 1,330 times.
*Walt Disney: Fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
*Charles Schultz: had every cartoon he submitted to his high school yearbook staff, rejected.
*Sidney Poitier: Told by the casting director “Why don’t you stop wasting people’s time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?” before he went on to devote his life to acting.
The list of individuals, who attempted many times before succeeding, goes on and on. It is our desire, our drive, and our effort, that teaches us and helps us on our path of growth.
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