If It Ain’t Broke, Fix it

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

If-Its-Not-Broke-Common-Sense-PhraseOfficial spokespersons for the NRA are defending their reversal on supporting background checks for gun purchases because "it's not working."

Let's see, what would this be like in other areas? "Team, it's half time and we're losing; let's quit." Or, "Honey, we seem to be having communication problems; let's stop going to our communication class." Even better yet, "I'm hungry, I better stop eating."

In other words, if something isn't perfect by all means give up! Now, that sounds like a sure fire recipe for success. Actually, it might as easily become the mantra for deluded human beings, especially the way we view our personal growth. We demand perfection of ourselves, all or nothing, as if that has ever been possible.

Common sense says work with what you've got but, as Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry character quipped, "A man's gotta know his limitations." On one hand that is practical. On the other it's inside the box thinking. How about testing those limitations? How about starting with what we've got and expanding?

Background checks aren't perfect. So what?That doesn't mean we should abandon them. Let's use them... and make the system better. The two aren't mutually exclusive. But that often seems to be the attitude, especially about changes we'd like to make in our lives.

When is it too late to change? When is that exact moment when a dog becomes too old to learn new tricks? For some of us, as we age, our lives become a surprising revelation of doing the impossible because I'm possible! Imperfections of the moment are no show-stopper. In fact, the concept of perfection is an illusion! We will always be works in progress.

All this reminds me of the story about a gardener who warned the King that the tree he told him to plant would take ninety years to grow. "Then you better plant it this afternoon," said the King.

Now is always the best time to start!

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson has been a professional collaborative writer for decades. He has two of his own non-fiction books In print, a novel on the verge and two more non-fiction books in final edit stages. Meanwhile, he collaborates with contemporary wisdom keepers, helping them discover and refine their voice.