The Water, the Rock, and the Maginot Line

After World War I, France built a massive line of fixed fortified concrete bunkers and walls. It was called the Maginot Line and it’s gone down as one of history’s great blunders. The goal was to prevent future invasions by Germany like the one in 1914.

The problem was the French were fighting the previous war and the Germans were preparing themselves to fight the next one. In a World War I framework, an adversary would have been crazy to conduct a frontal assault against the Maginot Line.

By 1940, when the Germans quickly overran France, the Germans simply flew their planes over it and drove their tanks around it. The massive fortification did nothing to defend France and their reliance upon it caused them not to otherwise prepare.

The stark imagery of this example has gone down in history as a metaphor of stolid, dogmatic thinking in the face of change.

Wisdom is adaptation to the moment. Fixed thinking, like the Maginot Line, is not up to facing new challenges.

A similar metaphor is that of the a rock and water. A rock is solid, strong, immovable. Water is soft and pliant. It goes over and around the rock. Watched for a day or a week, the rock appears to be winning the battle. It’s holding its ground and standing firm. However, come back in a year or five or fifty. Over time, the water will wear the rock into nothing.

New challenges require us to be agile and adaptive. We live in a world, especially now, that is not only experiencing massive change in this moment, but is nearing the birth of a very different world where many old paradigms are going to be tested.

If we don’t adapt, we can look forward to the fate of the rock and the Maginot Line.

If we work to understand the difference between immutable principles and merely habitual thinking, a very important distinction, we will find ways to navigate and thrive in this new world.

Better days are ahead for humanity, if we’re smart, flexible, and principled.

My grandmother lived from 1904 to 1988. When she was five, her family got into a horse-drawn wagon and rode outside of town to observe the 1910 passing of Halley’s Comet. When she was 64, she witnessed a man walking on the moon.

Wagon thinking would never have gotten us to the moon in six decades. New thinking was required.

It’s very likely that in two or three decades our world will be more advanced and changed relative to today than 1969 was to 1910.

That kind of change holds both peril and opportunity. Who will we be? Will our technology run us or will we use our technology to benefit humanity in ways never before imagined? Will power and wealth be held in fewer a fewer hands or will we finally create an egalitarian society where our genius meets our basic needs and we have the freedom to explore our highest aspirations?

I don’t and I won’t let this moment get me down. We’re going through the growing pains of massive transformation. Whether it is to the benefit or detriment of most human beings is being decided, as tomorrow always is, by our thoughts, words, and actions today.

Stay safe. Stay well. Amazing things are on the way! Oh, and by the way, just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!


Ray

One with the Universe Affirmation is Now Available for Download.

Hey, everyone! My latest affirmation is now available for download to your playlist. This one is 23-minute meditative experience that connects you to the wider cosmos.

You can listen, watch the video, or download. Whether you download it or not, I’d love to get your feedback in it.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

Basketball Renaissance

Ugly. That’s how I’d describe my first time picking up and shooting a basketball in three years. Don’t get me wrong. It was lovely Summer day with a nice dose of heat and enough wind to keep it bearable.


My shot? Not so much. Back in Framingham, we had a Lifetime gym membership for about 18 months from 2016-2017. April would do her classes. I’d lift a little and then shoot baskets.


This went on for about three months. I’d gotten back into decent basketball shape for 50+ and my shot was better than ever. One night the 20 and 30-somethings playing full court in the other half of the gym needed a 10th.
I played Ok and started getting asked to play more often. Then we decided to cancel the gym membership and I hadn’t picked up basketball in over three years except to move it from one house to another.


So, I’ll be kind to myself. It was pretty windy today and by the end, there were a couple shots that felt good. So, even though ugly was the overriding word of the day, promising was the final word.


Basketball was once a very important part of my life. It was my favorite sport to play growing up and I hope I’ll be able to share the game with my grandkids. Just need to get that shot back first.

Hope you’re having an amazing Sunday. I know our lives aren’t what any of us want right now, but there’s joy, opportunity, and peace to be found even in these moments.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

One with the Universe Affirmations

These affirmations are written and recorded to connect you to the universe.and remind you that you are of it and it is in you. This recording is perfect for a bedtime meditation. Listen regularly and with headphone or earbuds for best results.

These affirmations are written and recorded to connect you to the universe.and remind you that you are of it and it is in you. This recording is perfect for a bedtime meditation. Listen regularly and with headphone or earbuds for best results.

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Here are the affirmations.

  1. I am one with the universe
  2. I am small and temporary, BUT I am also vast and eternal.
  3. I am an indispensable part of the cosmic plan.
  4. When I face a challenge, I can draw on the strength of the entire universe.
  5. When I face a challenge, I can draw on the experience of the entire universe.
  6. I am right where I need to be in my journey through the stars.
  7. I am connected to the cosmic mind
  8. I am connected to the cosmic heart.
  9. I am supported by cosmic love.
  10. The universe supports me unconditionally.
  11. The universe wants me to succeed.
  12. The universe wants my happiness.
  13. The universe supports me in pursuing my dreams.

Just in case no one has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

What Comes Around…

It’s a simple principle of our multiverse. What comes around goes around. What you put out into the world comes back to you, not as punishment or reward. It simply comes back the way a boomerang does – because of the laws that govern it.

If you fill your world with negativity and a lack of concern for those around you, then that’s what’s headed back your way. Maybe not today, but one day.

If you fill your world with positivity, if you truly love your neighbor as you love yourself, then that’s what’s headed back your way.

It’s a law of our multiverse. It’s as certain as a rock dropped off a building falls to the ground.

This , perhaps, the best control mechanism we have over our future. It should be noted, that many believe that these principles apply over many lives.

What are your thoughts? Have you seen this at work in your life?

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are awesome!

Ray

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