Ancient wisdom for today (21)

August 21st 2012, Day 21, Proverbs 21

“Mixed motives twist life into angles; pure motives take you straight down the road” Proverbs 21: 8 (The Message)

I remember hearing a speaker at a big festival talking about life-motives and confessing that even when he’s at his very best his motives are a little mixed. I think that’s probably true of all of us – there certainly aren’t many moments when I could honestly say I genuinely couldn’t see that my point of view might be skewed slightly by my own limited perspective.

That’s where I think working in partnership with good people, people you trust (whether it’s a spouse, a family member, a mentor or just one of those friends who really, really knows you well) is so helpful – it gives you someone who you can bounce your ideas off – someone who will hopefully tell you how they see it and give you a second-opinion motive-check.

Unfortunately we’re just too good at fooling ourselves into believing that we’re doing things for the right reasons – we’re even capable of making up (and believeing) stuff to justify the logic of doing the thing that we really want to do and completely disregarding anything that doesn’t support doing it!