When I heard Mark say in the webcast that many people drop out of a course, a program, even a university education – at the very end; I thought “is that me?” Am I withdrawing? The last couple of webcasts I have been unable to attend live so have listened on the replay a few days later. And I have been posting my blog on Saturdays instead of Thursday or Friday as I had been doing. And while I have been doing the exercises morning and night, I sometimes miss the midday readings.
I could make excuses, but I guess I will take responsibility (Law of Least Effort). Am I edging my way out or just trying to hang on to the experience a bit longer? I feel like I am on the brink of understanding but not quite getting the full picture.
Sometimes I am hearing that old blueprint saying things like “I need more time to assimilate information before I act,” or “maybe I am not cut out for this”, or “maybe this stuff is just woo-woo.” But I tell it to shut up:)
I have always thought of myself as persistent, definitely NOT a quitter. More like the tortoise in “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Slow but steady wins the race and all that.
The guides say this upcoming Commencement is not an end but a beginning. And last week I read in the Master Key that this is a lifetime study. In an excerpt of the Part 23 Introduction:
This is the science which embraces all sciences. It is the art which, above all arts, is relevant to human life. In the mastery of this science and this art there is opportunity for unending progression. Perfection in this is not acquired in six days, nor in six weeks, nor in six months. It is the labour of life. Not to go forward is to go backward. Charles Haanel.
So I WILL persevere, I WILL continue to study the material, do the exercises, put in the time and effort. I DO feel a difference – in my confidence, my expectation of success, my power. And I know the future is filled with wonderful possibilities! Success, as Dr Seuss says, is 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.