It’s our last week of MKMMA and I’m at a slight loss for words. (Which is not helpful when one is supposed to write a blog post. In fact, it’s very inconvenient.)
How odd to think that this is the last week. I’ve done a lot of self-discovery, been inspired and encouraged by so many people just by reading their blogs, I’ve fallen down hard and gotten back up, I’ve…been growing up…and I am so happy to have been a part of this experience.
What a journey it’s been! When we first started back in September, I was a bit hesitant about “a whole SIX months!!!”. But I shrugged that small objection away, reminding myself that it would be over before school ended, so it was really not a big deal. Six months later, 26 blog posts later, and I…actually…want it…to continue. Whoa! I expected to be really happy when it was over and I had finished this course and it would have changed my life, blah blah blah. What I didn’t expect was that this course and everything we’ve learned is to be a lifelong journey – the six months was just the start…in fact, one might say, just preparation. Mark and Davene, Trish and the guides gave us the tools. And! – we have been changing (or, in some aspects, not changing – because we all fall down at times) our lives.
I feel like I’m only now realizing just how great this Master Key Experience has been. Duh, Arielle – you’re at the end – no wonder! But really…it sounded great when I first started, it felt pretty great when I figured out my DMP…but now that I’m at the end of the course and I see some of the changes in myself and I can look back and see the progressions of everything? – COOL. It is great.
This week my Franklin focus was “taking initiative”. I’m getting really good at being the observer! Every day I’ve been filling my spaces with lots of dots! Yesterday I was so proud of myself because I actually observed three things in one action. Allow me to relate the story…I went to our favourite local Italian restaurant to pick up some food. When I got there, one of the waitresses asked if I needed help taking the food to the car because there were three bags. Since there were salads, pasta, etc., I gratefully accepted the offer (with inward regrets that alas, I was not related to an octopus and therefore could not provide enough limbs to carry the food…kidding) On the 30 second walk to the car, we had a nice little chat about the weather and a couple other simple little pleasantries. Before MKMMA, I would probably have said to myself, Oh, that was really nice of her to help me! But now – Hey, she took the initiative to offer and help me, she was kind, and she certainly had a pleasing personality…this is SO cool that I can identify these things!!!
I’d like to conclude with a couple of thoughts about love. (I’m absolutely NOT talking about romantic love – just “regular” love. There’s my “DISCLAIMER” for those of you who might have begun to roll your eyes at a teenager discussing love… 😛 ) I think it was an absolutely beautiful moment in last week’s webinar when Mark said that our true nature is love…that love is the reason for our existence, the source of the spirit, and worth both living for and dying for.
It was a bit of an “aha” moment for me with my worldview…because the Bible says that God is love, and also that we’re created in His image…so it makes sense that our true nature would be love! 🙂 Another thing the Bible says…”Love your neighbour as yourself.” And of course, Scroll II says “Henceforth I will love all mankind.”
I think C.S. Lewis puts it splendidly: “…we might try to understand exactly what loving your neighbour as yourself means. I have to love him as I love myself. Well, how exactly do I love myself? Now that I come to think of it, I have not exactly got a feeling of fondness or affection for myself, and I do not even always enjoy my own society. So apparently “Love your neighbour” does not mean “feel fond of him” or “find him attractive.”…For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life-namely myself. However much I might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, I went on loving myself. There had never been the slightest difficulty about it. In fact the very reason why I hated the things was that I loved the man. Just because I loved myself, I was sorry to find that I was the sort of man who did those things…”
And how do we love our family? Our friends? We don’t necessarily feel love (noun) for them all the time (although it’s wonderful when we do, of course), but we do continue to love (verb) them.
Every single press release that I’ve read has service to others included in it – whether it’s helping children, publishing a profound book, or providing for family…it’s service. It’s love – as a verb. And I’ve been pondering this question…I wonder…could we take this love of ours, this true nature of ours, this love that we feel for our family and friends, this love that we show for our family and friends…could we take that and not only include it in our daily lives with “our neighbours” (Bible) and “each whom we meet” (Scroll II)…but could we also channel that love into our DMP’s? Into our futures? Into the lives that we will touch? Because we all touch other people’s lives in some way…can we let it be through love? Can we shape our own lives through love? Can we take the pain that comes with the love (for love is caring A LOT, and when you care, you open yourself up to getting hurt) and continue to strive? To push for greatness? To overcome the new obstacles? To go and believe and never stop because there’s never an option to give up when you love something…whether it’s your mother or your daughter, your father or your son, your friend or your cousin…music or writing or doctoring…there’s a pull to love your family and friends, and there’s a pull to love your dreams – your DMP – your future life! Can we all feel the pull and go and love it and do it?!
To quote the trolls in the movie Frozen, “…love’s a force that’s powerful and strange.”
Farewell for now, dear readers and fellow students. What a marvelous journey it’s been! Let’s go be heroes and tell our own stories, shall we?