Maintaining Poise in Temporary Defeat
by Timothy Ray Walls
Grace In Defeat
There is an art in defeat which noble souls always acquire; you must know how to lose cheerfully; you must be fearless of disappointment. Never hesitate to admit failure.-The Urantia Book
Growing Older Gracefully
Perhaps it was due to all of the disharmony in the lives of everyone connected to me which caused me to think deeply about living by the principle of growing older gracefully. I look back to see now that I was fortunate in being the keen observer and questioner, as I watched the lives of dad, mom, stepmom, grandma, brothers, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins and peers growing older disgracefully–lacking harmony–full of tragedies–disease and early death.
While I could not stop their self-depredation and self-degradation, I intuitively knew that I could learn from their mistakes–their character deficiencies and stubborn refusal to accept their hue-man flaws and take action to self-correct, self-control, self-direct and self-master.
Of course, it would require far more experience–far more sincerity with myself and many more decisions before I would eventually come to understand how my own character deficiencies were a mind-mirror reflection of this early negative programming received into this bio-suit connection to spirit-mind.
It would also require the spiritual courage to face myself directly in the mirror of mind and stop overreacting to my own obvious character deficiencies. This would necessitate the unplanned tragedy of watching my personal relationships to spouse, children and close friends shatter into a myriad of pieces around my feet–knowing these relationships would never be the same, again.
During such great personal crises what typically occurs is either the individual (being weak-willed) takes his or her own life or rises up to embrace the higher self–the soul-conscious self and choose to work at correcting the character deficiencies, practice the daily exercising of self-control, direct the whole self towards the indwelling divine thought-leader and strive for the mastery of self.
The mortal self, during the period of 26-29 years of age, became deeply angered, finger-pointing and teetering on the edge of the abyss, wanting to go down that rabbit hole and leave the mortal experience behind. This is the assumed “easy way out” chosen by so many, whose mortal life path experience was and is cut short by their own puerile decisions and actions.
We learn through our ignorance, affectation, puerile and thoughtless decisions and actions.
Assuming is the mother of all screw ups and personal tragedies.
-Timothy Ray Walls
From the age of 29, forward, I remembered this principle evolving out of my early childhood experiences; I desire to grow older gracefully. In the present, I observe waking up each day, enjoying optimal health and vitality, abundant inner peace, joy and gratitude, thanks-giving for all of my experiences across the path of my life. I am ever-momentarily in full realization of the good fortune which has followed me right up to the present.
48:7.11 “Action achieves strength; moderation eventuates in charm.”
-The Urantia Book
What is grace?
More Grace in Choosing the Highest Good
You may choose to daily declare:
-Love lights up my life.
–Love lights my way.
—Love is the answer.
The Authentic Self
Taking Control of Your Health
The Willingness to Be Any and All Things…
Set the Self-serving Ego Aside and Become Service-minded…
Lay Claim to Your Spiritual Inheritance…
P.S. I am, indeed, living gracefully. You can, too. The training I provide through the corresponding Membership Levels is, in fact, the Fast Track to the greater meaning of your life and the goal of attaining to a state of grace–inner peace, joy, love, and spiritual freedom.
(*This is, in part, a reprint of the article entitled: Grace Meaning | Your Spiritual Advisor)