THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS
“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.” – Arthur Brisbane
Does it annoy you when people state the obvious, even if you hadn’t thought of it before? Maybe it’s because you were thinking something different or entirely unrelated at the time? I was in a conversation recently where I said something the other person didn’t want to hear. I didn’t say what I said to annoy them, just to help them see things from a different point of view.
The truth is the truth, however, glib, playful or upsetting it is to you. Despite anything you might mention, (like our lack of ability to accept a new paradigm, or the willingness to accept an obvious one right now in this moment) “the truth will set us free!” Unless and until you are willing to accept what is obvious to others, the possible truth of what they have said will not benefit you and will nevertheless still exist.
Arthur Brisbane could have said “Even in the dictionary, action always comes before success!” That statement wouldn’t have brought about as many wry smiles, but the message is would still be the same. – If you want to get anywhere in life you have to accept the natural order of things! We are in a cause and effect universe, our actions and our work are the things that bring about our successes or failures!
What is also worth noting is when someone shares with you something that is to your benefit, and will help your understanding of how things are in the natural order; the best thing to do is to listen. Maybe they have understood something you haven’t yet understood and you can benefit from the wisdom of what they share, however unpalatable it might at first sound to you.