Many of you may recognize the name Ben Franklin. Back in 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. Using a list of 13 virtues he tracked daily his observations of these virtues. And in the words of a dear friend, one can only recognize something in someone else when we have it within ourselves. We can use the Franklin method and choose any aspect of our character we wish to identify, magnify and multiply. By Observing, Tracking and then Recognizing, we can create a ripple effect within ourselves to grow that which we concentrate on. “Whatever we think about grows.” – Napoleon Hill.
Today I observed this process in what I can only describe as the Franklin makeover in reverse. I recognized someone who does not see a particular character aspect within themselves AND interestingly they also do not recognize this same character aspect in another. Allow me to try and elaborate without calling attention to anyone in particular as that is not what my writing today is about.
In the first example – let’s consider that I personally wish to magnify kindness. By observing and then recognizing (while recording in order to track my progress), acts of kindness around me in my daily life, I begin to observe and recognize this same attribute within myself. Then by seeing it within myself, I see it more in others and more in myself. Creating a wonderful cycle of positive growth.
Hill also states “We refuse to believe that which we don’t understand.” THIS is where the observation of Ben Franklin’s makeover IN REVERSE came into play.
If someone has no idea what kindness is, what kindness looks like, no point of reference, how can one recognize it in another? And if we cannot recognize that trait / virtue in another, how can we recognize it within ourselves? So if we don’t understand it, then we will refuse to believe it exists.
Walter reminded me that we cannot talk to someone about breaking out of jail if they have no idea they are even in jail. If one does not know what a spider is how can one realize there is a spider in front of them (or right above them as the case may be)?
We are each on our own journey of discovery. Upon reflection, all I believe I can do for this person is to send them blessings of love as they pass through my orbit.
If you change how you look at things – the things you look at change!
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