Iron Wil on Good and Bad, Build Yourself Up

it took time to change the vision of who I wanted to be and during that time of change, I stood in front of the mirror and would say “I am The Iron Wil, Wil Becker!”. I would talk about the person I wanted to become and look myself in the eye.

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Principles are Immutable

“If a principle exists it must be immutable, for that is what a principle is – a truth standing apart from the mood of the times” Jeff Cooper, Principles of Personal Defense (1972)

I have been trying to express this concept in this blog for several months. It seems the world continues to push “new values” that have through time continued to fail. The traditional or Judeo-Christian values have been under fire since the 1960’s when drugs and free love, a reaction to WWII and the Korean War, became a cause celeb among the youth of America. While other powerful movement’s also happened during these years, few have caused so much trouble for our nation. The attack on values, morals, and religion has severely hurt our country. I know that some feel we are better off with less religion; which is funny since 89% of Americans say they believe in God. (1) Oh, not as many attend or affiliate with a church as we have in the past; however, when 9/11 landed in our face there was a brief revival and uptick in people attending church again.

We are immortal beings having a mortal experience and this life is a place of testing and trials to see if we will grow and overcome our weaknesses and faults. Church is not a place for the healthy, for in God’s eyes we are all sick. It is a hospital where we minster to each other. To often we let our mortal selves get in the way of our immortal selves since we are not perfect and we are constantly failing/sinning some way. Now, don’t get discouraged. I have been practicing and striving to improve for 20 years and I know that while I have made good progress I still have a long way to go to meet the standard that Jesus Christ set. Our problem, is that we want the perfection now … and it doesn’t come until the next life.

We do not join Christ in His glory until after we die and are judged. Heaven is the only “country” where one has to learn to live the “law of the land” before we can enter the kingdom. The beautiful thing about living a life of principles is that when we are making progress and improving; we are living those laws or commandments to the best of our ability … which is what we are being asked to do. Christ makes all the difference, He paid the price for our freedom and only by applying to Him can our balance be paid in full. While I am a firm believer that my faith is the correct one and the we have the most pure doctrine; I also know that everyone living to follow Christ is just as blessed and benefits by His divine intervention in their lives. He loves all of us, no matter who we are or what we do.

We show Him that we love him by living a life grounded in the traditional principles and values that are taught in many faiths. If you look and study you will find that many of the same doctrines and principles are shared among many faiths. I encourage you to live a life of principles for surely we will be able to stand before God one day and know that we have lived the best life possible.

Be your best self and then you will begin to see the difference between a principled life and an unprincipled one.

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1) U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious

Irving, Purposes

Great minds have purposes … others have wishes.” – Washington Irving

It is with will power and discipline that we accomplish our goals and desires. Be great by becoming a better and more mindful person; because it is the journey towards perfection that makes one great (1).

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(1) Walding, Pursuit … not Perfection

The Lost Fleet

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I have been re-reading Jack Campbell‘s The Lost Fleet Series. I really enjoy these books a great deal! The story is compelling and action packed! It became a subject for this blog because one of the things the hero imparts to his fleet are values. Values that got left behind over the course of a century.

When Black Jack is revived from survival sleep a century of warfare has passed, a war that started with an attack on the convoy he was protecting. By a turn of events, Black Jack is made the fleet commander and despite his reluctance … he takes command.

As he leads the fleet, he leads it as if it was 100 years ago. While this causes consternation and frustration amongst some of his captains; while others take him as a living miracle. Black Jack, cancels unofficial orders, like the killing of POWs and civilians. He reminds the sailors and Marines of the Alliance fleet that they are supposed to be living a moral life. They should be treating their enemies according to their laws of war and fleet regulation. Black Jack finds some of those in his command relieved to be serving in accordance to the “old way” of doing things. As the story continues, the fleet reverts back to the moral way of doing things. We see how those we see most often are changed by the association with Black Jack and his leadership.

This resonated strongly this time around, because I have been writing and talking to you guys about values, morals, ethics, … etc. If you don’t know already, I strongly agree with living a life guided by the principles that have withstood the tests of time. Only since the 1960’s has the world really started to question those values and today it is even worse. I know what my life was like before December 1996 and I know what my life has been like since then.

No, my life isn’t perfect (if you could ask my wife) and I am still full of flaws. I make mistakes every day … however, I am still in pursuit of perfection.

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Walding, Pursuit … not Perfection

It is the pursuit, it’s not perfection; it is the pursuit of perfection is what makes a man great.” – John Wayne Walding

I have a few channels on YouTube that I follow and the NRA is one of them. No surprise there, I am sure. This spring they published the I Am Forever series following Reagan as she prepares to become a competition shooter. The series recently ended and in the final episode, John Wayne Walding, made this statement. It resonated with me! It hit home. The reason is because there is no such thing as perfection in this life. Granted, there are moments or times when something is done very well. Perfection is a goal that no mortal can ever reach. The pursuit is what refines and defines us; our character is forged in the pursuit of our goal. Whether it is to become a better golfer, basketball player, or teacher. To be a better Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or Taoist; one must pursue perfection in their faith and that practice of their religion. At the least, we humans should be working to become the best human we can become. If you aren’t sure what that means, I can only tell you what it means to me.

His comment is at the 12:06 mark.

John Wayne Walding article at Army.mil

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