Remember the Mission is the most important of the 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Training Exercises. What is the Mission? This poster should give you a clue:
The book, The Emergence in the Morality of Children, makes the point that across all cultures children are taught to be fair and caring. These are deemed universal values.
Why then is there so much strife and war? Because too many cultures, tribes, groups, and religions say “Be fair and caring to your own, not to others.” Circles are drawn around outsiders. Such circle allow us to treat others as objects to be used or killed.
The Mission, as I define it, is to bring peace to our world and not just to our own corner of the world, but to all corners of the world and to all living creatures. This poem by Edwin Markham says it all:He drew a circle that shut me out Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout But love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in.”
The more who live according to the mission, who stop drawing circles to keep others out, the more likely peace will come to all.
Bad news: if you are not living the mission, you are part of the problem. So as is said in American Sign Language.
EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING TIPS
Tip one: Be realistic. Even the greatest charismatic leaders, think Buddha, Moses, Socrates, Jesus, or Gandhi, brought peace on earth. Part of being emotionally fit, is doing what you can, as you can, and when you can.
In terms of The Mission, this means starting with yourself and moving outward as you can.
Tip two: Start with yourself, but always keep The Mission in mind. We suggest printing our Remember What Matters poster, framing it and hanging it where you will see it at least once a day. You could also print up the ASL Peace Poster and post it apart from the Remember What Matters Poster. Having reminders in two different spots means that at least twice a day you will think about what matters.
Tip three: Read up on mission statement writing found in Steven Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Write your personal mission, check it out against The Mission, revise it if necessary to make sure it honors The Mission, then print it up, frame and hang it where you will see it daily.
Tip four: My 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises help you stay strong so you can Remember the Mission and work to bring peace to your being, those around you, and your corner of the world.
MORE TO THINK ABOUTTo put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Confucius We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
Marian Wright EdelmanHow wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Life is a struggle, full of pain and suffering, people who harm others as well as those who seek peace for all. Remembering the Mission and working in your own way keeps you on a path to peace. The more who walk those paths, the more likely we will know peace on earth.
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DISCLAIMER ONE: EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING IS NOT THERAPY Even the most learned researchers and therapists quarrel. Take their advice and mine carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you by others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
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