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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Wake Up, Dawg!

Muscle Power

Great ideas originate in the muscles.”
Thomas Alva Edison

Any artist or inventor knows that every truly useful thing, every finished product, is the culmination of many attempts to create, and failing to do so. Thomas Edison surely put years, decades, into creating the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera and his many other inventions. Hard work, persistence, patience in the face of failure, baby steps along the way, and setbacks are the hallmarks of the innovative person. A great deal of muscle and frustration go into even the simplest of inventions.

We typical humans can learn from that determination. Even in the making of a pot of soup, we are creating something that didn't exist before. If we want that soup to be extraordinary in quality and taste, we learn what flavors enhance one another, which herbs and spices go best with which meats and vegetables, whether this particular soup is better chunky or blended. Trial and error are part of every creative process. If we throw up our hands, and order out, we will never learn how to make truly good soup.

We have these big brains for a reason. That reason is to further humanity's evolution—to bring us, one step at a time, into the fullness of what it means to be human. One generation builds upon the one before it, and passes along to the next generation the skills needed to move forward. It takes all of us using those big brains, and requires that we persist in the face of failure. Each of us must find our groove, our gift, our identity, and then pursue it in earnest. No other person, and no government entity, can do this for us. If we are not moving forward, we are moving backward. Let's press on, allowing our muscle-mind to lead the way.

                                                                    In the Spirit,

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