This week has been a week of more observation of myself and everything around me. Earlier today I found myself watching a show that featured people who happily purchased a home. Cosmetically, it looks fantastic, but after a while they discover that there are a plethora of problems that were hidden from their eyes initially. They then decide to call on a contractor whom they put their trust and money in to come in and fix their existing problems only to become the unfortunate recipients of these shady individuals/companies who do shoddy work and run off with these poor individuals hard earned savings, leaving them to endure periods of despair, anger, and frustration. Not being able to either find or come to some sort of agreement with these contractors to do the right thing, they are then seen employing the highly skilled professional talents and abilities of this empathetic contractor to finally do what they wanted to have done in the first place: fix their existing problems without going through the same hassles they went through before. In the end he delivers well above their expectations. You can see a look of gratitude and astonishment on their faces as they happily thank him in the end.
It was then that I thought of a part of myself being that contractor, or what I call, The Repair Technician. I thought of myself as being that homeowner going through life accumulating a plie of cement and telling myself, ” wow, at one time everything seemed ok and then all of the sudden now I’m seeing one thing after another that needs to be fixed. I angrily think of how I put my trust in this contractor I’ve known for quite some time. (my old self) to fix these problems. I say to myself, ” who in heck referred this person to me anyway?” Ah, the power of thought. I figure out that question rather quickly, and say “oops, I did”. I realized I couldn’t blame anyone but myself. But I didn’t beat myself up by self-loathing myself at the fact that I allowed this rip-off to happen. I just happily discovered that the only thing he did instead of solving my problem was to drain me of all my vitality, creativity, enthusiasm, and happiness and only provided me a constant obstruction of my vision with a bunch of false realties, beliefs, fears. I realize that the very things that are positive and powerful are free charge and are actually more valuable than money. Out of necessity and persistence, I found this empathetic individual in me who calls himself “The Repair Technician”.
He explained to me that if I just trust and follow his instructions and guidance, it’s inevitable that that forever dream (my future self and environment) is a done deal. So I’m focusing on these virtues like my life depends on it. I’ve been observing Self Control this week. So many of our thoughts, feelings, and actions are determined from this virtue. I see an abundance of it everywhere. I can see it in myself and how I can use it to my advantage. I can also see how disastrous it can be by not using it at all. When I use it properly, I think more clearly. Intuition, ideas, poise, patience, and more attention to detail visit me more frequently. When I don’t exercise it all, I get everything I don’t want and nothing more. I can see that by taking each one of these virtues seriously in the Franklin Makeover, I am now that empathetic contractor, that much needed REPAIR TECHICIAN that lies within me with the blueprint and the tools to make my future self a happy homeowner.