“Look within. Within is the fountain of good and it will ever bubble up if thou wilt ever dig.” – Marcus Aurelias
You can call this fountain of good your conscience, the voice of God, the universe, etc. I believe this fountain exists in all of us. The key to utilizing this fountain is to visit it daily. I do this through meditation, but you can do it through prayer, or whatever means you utilize to quiet yourself and go inside.
Stephen Covey also tackled this in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People when he discusses the internal voice we all have. The voice is clear and gets even clearer if we listen to it. Conversely, the voice will dull and become more diluted if you ignore it.
We all know what is right and wrong. When we do something right and good, you can actually “feel” it. You feel complete, connected, loved. When you do something wrong, you get this feeling in the pit of your stomach or a wave that rolls over you. Both of these feelings are not that great.
Marcus Aurelius uses the abstract word “dig” to emphasize that we have to “look” for the good in ourselves every day. We have to pay attention to the good within us. Taking this another step forward, it is also important to see the good in others. See the spark of God in them. Everyone has it, regardless of what they think about themselves. Look for it. Treat others as a spark of God. The effect it will have on you and others is quite startling.
I hope you are all having a terrific Monday.
I’ll see you tomorrow…