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In Which Mirror Do You Prefer to Look?

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 11/08/2017

The Mirror of the Bible

To look in the mirror in a spiritual way is to live according to the Holy Scripture. The true esssence of listening to fragments of the Holy Scripture during the holy liturgy is to carry those to others. There are two ways of doing that. The first is to tell your friends what you learned, what was taught at the Church. This is called “the liturgy after the liturgy”. The other, more powerful way of carrying to others the message is to live by it, practice what is being taught.

First, about talking to others. How do your friends plan their meeting with Christ? This is a simple yet powerful question. Indeed, how do they do that? If they weren’t present at the liturgy, how do they practice what was taught? What stops them, if anything? How can they get counsciousness, if they choose so, of the options and the benefits of meeting Christ in the Church or through their deeds, following on the footsteps that lay on their path to redemption? How many friends do you have that bring you to Christ?

I do not preach to only have Christian friends. There is something to be learned from each person. Openness can be welcomed, in my opinion, as long as it doesn’t require accepting the relativism of truth. Such relativism is the claim that all or most spiritual or religious beliefs are correct, or that there are even are more which are correct. Relativism is in itself a religious frame. Keeping each person’s beliefs is something which can be done with firmness and gentleness, while sometimes exploring how do they apply to a particular life situation. I don’t believe the Bible teaches what our attitude should be about modifying the weather or genetically modified organisms in the food. But discussing about such topics keeping the balance of discernement in mind helps us explore the roots of each idea. Therefore, talking to people with different, even opposite beliefs shouldn’t be so scary. If you really believe what you believe, then you believe it enough that you may allow yourself to doubt it, still keeping enough arguments to return to your spiritual center.

Considering that one knows everything right even in the Orthodox Christianity is a dangerous temptation, therefore, one should keep an open mind, not to change the rightful faith beliefs, but to extend them in ways that make sense today, in this world, without posing a threat to the Christian tradition.

For example, if you share an idea through your behavior, an explanation or an answer and another person rejects it, you could feel ashamed. Either of what you said or of the fact that you wrongfully hoped the other person would cherish your idea. If you feel shame because of what you said, the case is that you didn’t really believe it so much (and you cherished your image more) and in the latter case it is discounting the reality that each of us is entitled to own beliefs, including rejecting other beliefs.

This is what freedom of expression means: that you allow and accept, and even fight for the right of another person saying something you don’t agree to. In their essence, both totalitarisms (such as communism, fascism) and political correctness (cultural marxism) admit no opposition and no middleground. Totalitarisms use propaganda and mass control and political corectness uses public relations, lobby and public policies. In essence, in a true democracy nobody should feel ashamed of saying what one thinks and believes out of fright of negative repercussions.

 

The Mirror of the Idols

What is the alternative to looking in the mirror by living your life according to Holy Scripture? It is looking at what you think you can become without God. You become the idols you serve.

For example, if you serve wrath, you become wrath. In its extreme, hateful wrath makes anyone so insignificant until it all becomes a dot, a target to fire at. Wrath can be alternatively directed at a behavior, if emotional intelligence is used. For example, a parent may tell to a child: “I love you, therefore I am angry at your wrong ways”, and by that a negative emotion can be used in such a manner that it doesn’t become an idol.

If you serve pride, you become pride. For example, if you congratulate someone because you want to be congratulated yourself or want some attention, you have not only taken that person’s right to be redempted by rewarding that person in the now (rather than the eternity), but you have also become the exponent of pride. The idol is what gets ahead of you. If a parent emotionally supports a child to do something positive, then it is not pride which is fed (unless the parent actually is proud of himself), but the child’s self-esteem and motivation for learning and repeating a useful behavior.

If you serve lust, then everything you might have gathered in life through planning and discipline is put at the altar of whmisical desires to be sacrificed. Lust is an enemy to wisdom and the clouding of the mind – not only in the sexual form. Within lust, one may become the most urgent urge that emobodies the indisciplined and uncontrolled human being.

If you serve greed, then your identity becomes attached to the things you posess and/or aspire to posess: your value becomes what you are worth in the eyes of others and what you see in the mirror when you look at what you use to cover yourself with.

If you serve gluttony, your body will likely take the shape that you give it by serving this god. Both greed and gluttony may embody the desire, the aspiration to have the own physical needs met, believing that if one doesn’t do that, nothing and nobody will, when in fact only serving others through our talents can truly establish a balance. Of course, one must know how to choose who to serve.

If you serve sloth, then abandoning reponsabilities and gifts is a spiritual suicide, giving up to pessimism and negativism, depression and despair. For example, taking a calculated break after hard work is something which can bring balance, but you cannot counteract an exaggeration, an extreme, with another extreme. Two wrongs d’t make a right.

If you serve envy, then you feel a certain inferiority which tells you whatever another one has that you value must be used to bring him or her down, instead of using admiration as a force to take learnings from a model.

Which Do You Choose?

There you have, in a nutshell, the two possible mirrors between which you life pendulates. When you stop and look, what do you see?

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Happy New Year of Your Life!

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on 01/09/2012

Not so many people think nowadays that the 1st of September is also the beginning of a new Church year. It is considered, based on the Old Law of the Old Testament, that this is the date that the world has been created by God and also the date Jesus Christ started His activity. All the Orthodox Christians and all the Jews start the new year on the 1st of September (Tsiri, in Jewish).  Also, in this month, it is considered that Moses got down from mount Sinai  with the ten commandments and in September, Moses’ ark was left by the waters of the Flood on mount Ararat. Also in this month, Solomon’s church (it was raised by him) has been benedicted and it has received the Ark of the Covernant. Also, today, the Orthodox Church charishes Saint Dionisie Exiguus, the one who reformed the Roman calendar and divided the time in ante-Christum (BC) and post-Christum (AC), thereby having as year of reference the birth year of Christ. This date has been established as the beginning of the Church Year at the first Council of Niceea, in 325.

In the corporate world, it is the month when all begins again after a long and lazy summer. The next three months will be full of activity, enthusiasm and anxiety, especially on the financial trading markets. Expect a lot of events to happen one after the other really fast.

It’s great that today it’s Saturday, since we all might have some extra-time to reflect and analyze what have done in the past summer or even since  September 1, 2011.

Besides all that, I have two reasons more to celebrate on this particular day, as two of my best friends celebrate their birthday today. Therefore, I will take some time to write a little bit about each of them.

Both are young entrepreneurs, between 25-30, which have started earning money through their own independent work in the past year. Congratulations! I am always happy and glad to know that some of my friends have succeeded in the marking the first corner stones of their financial independence as successful business persons. While it may require a lot of resources and sacrifices, I have always considered freelancing and entrepreneurship as a positive development from the status of employee. It’s a shift in thinking, because it requires you to think strategically.

Let’s take a closer to look to each of them.

Dan Gornicioiu.

We know each other since 1988 and we have been friends since 1999. He is my oldest and best friend (oldest, not the eldest). Our communication has remained so strong that even when I moved in another neighbourhood, another city, or another country, we have still remained best friends.

Dan is a stomatologist. He works daylight at his own medical cabinet in Iaşi, Romania. He previously worked for several years as a medical sales representative for various pharmaceutical companies. This year, he has asked my friendly advice for prioritizing his life objectives and has finally decided as an urgent goal being a freelancer in one of European Union’s largest 100 cities (by population), which is quite a performance challenge.

What I most appreciate about Dan is his moral  and religious values, his conscience of doing the right thing, no matter how hard it is or how long does it take. He is an energy-driven happy man, thorough worker and a very aware human being, who doesn’t need his mind to be debugged [en, blog]. As an action man, Dan likes to share his preoccupation and knowledges with other people, so I strongly advice you to check his Facebook profile [ro, FB]

I have mentioned about Dan in my blogs here [ro, blog] and here [en, blog]

I wish him a lot of satisfied clients, recommending others as well. I also wish him to keep his patience, calm and coolness. If you are in Iasi and need a dentist, I strongly recommend him. You may contact him at his public official address, dan [dot] gornicioiu [at] facebook [dot] com. Happy birthday, Dan! I strongly think this following year is one of the most important in your life!

Irina Iliescu [en, htm].

We know each other since 2007, when she responded very positive to some of my articles on self-esteem I was then publishing on the Romanian blog DaMaiDeparte [ro, blog] and we became friends in the spring of 2010. I highly appreciate her for the great positive energy she has, the strategy-oriented mind and the ease of communicating to everyone.

Irina Iliescu is both an entrepreneur and an employee. As a creative lawyer, she has been working for the previous 4 years at Dragomir şi asociaţii, a Bucharest law firm, where she specialized in juridical consultancy.

Last year, Irina started her main entrepreneurial project, ProfiMeter [ro, php]. The “Easy Startup” [ro, blog] business is based on a software tool available online, for entrepreneurs who want to calculate the expected profitability of their business, making it a great tool for business plans and financial budgets. It has received in 2012 the award for best services company, at the Hall of Fame Gallery organized by Junior Achievement Romania within the Start Business BCR [ro, php] contest. More about Junior Achievement competitions here [en, php]. This project has also participated at different entrepreneurial events from Romania, such as NetCamp 2011 [ro, php], Founders Dating @Bucharest Hubb [ro, FB], Startup Weekend Cluj [en, php], Entrepreneurs Mix Cocktail [ro, blog], idea Exchange [ro, php].

Aside from these main professional activities, she is also working on launching two websites dedicated to business people: legalway.ro [ro, form] and MarmoAd [ro, form]. Legal Way will be a site for professional legal advices. MarmoAd will be a Easy, Fast, Efficient and Trustable way to buy and sell ad space. Advertisers will find in a fast manner new efficient ad channels for their business. People will easily earn money by providing ad space with minimum effort.The e-mail address for MarmoAd is contact [at] marmoad [dot] com. If you are interested in selling ad space on your personal blog, trhough a contract for online advertising, take a look here [ro, blog] for some practical advice.

I wish Irina happy birthday and may her career as an entrepreneur be long-standing and transform into an investor perspective over time. I also wish her to discover new creative ideas of inspiring the best in all people.

And to all of you reading this article, a happy new year of your life! May we all hear of wonderful things accomplished til September 1, 2013!

Bibliography and Resources:

Reforma calendarelor iulian si gregorian [ro, php]

Prayers [ro, blog]

Cuvant la inceputul Indictionului, adica Anul Nou [ro, html]

ProfiMeter in Romanian Press [ro, html]

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