While browsing a name flashed from the page that I had never heard of before. Come to find out the man, Richard Feynman, was well known in his day and had participated in the development of the Atomic Bomb. So, Richard was not your ordinary run of the mill scientist. Richard understood the importance of facts. Here’s advice from his prolific pen:
“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -- and you are the easiest person to fool.” Richard Feynman, theoretical physicist.
Most of us who have lived a long time, if we are honest, which is rare for long-lived men and women, recognize the wisdom of Mr. Feynman’s statement. Too many of us waste precious time kidding ourselves about ourselves. Once in a while, someone will have the courage to tell us, “Please, for God’s sake and yours, quit kidding yourself.” Our response is predictable, at least the thought, “Well who does he/she think they are, talking to me like that.”
The very best people in all walks of life, whatever the particular skill, take great pains, time, and money to refresh their proficiency in performing the needed skills to remain at the top of their game.
We, humans, tend to kid ourselves that we are different than the peasants surrounding us. Therefore, we do not need recurrent training. Loretta Lynn, Dottie Rambo, Bill Gaither, etc. take recurrent training on a regular basis. Military, airline pilots as well as Professional Pilots, by law, must engage in what some call brutal, recurring and frequent practice.
Recurrent training is helpful in something as fundamental as marriage. Dr. Norman Peale told of a man and wife who came to him for counseling. The wife complained that her husband no longer assured her of his love for her, even to the point that he had not kissed her since their wedding day. The marriage was a nightmare. The husband assured her in Dr. Peale’s presence that he had no idea that since he hadn’t changed his mind about her, that such talk and action were necessary.
Religious people often kid themselves that 45 minutes at church per week is more than enough. May I say; “you’re kidding yourself about yourself.” Listen to Moses:
Psalm 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
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