There are no rules here; we are trying to accomplish something. Thomas Edison
I was always amazed at the rules everyone had for what you could not do. Rules became an albatross for me as they were always presented as things I should not be doing or as I am sure you heard many times, “Don’t break the rules” or “You broke the rules and will suffer the consequences.” The negative thinking behind the structure of not doing as opposed to the positive energy Edison understood makes me wonder what the rules were about in the first place.
I used to think they were about teaching me something. I am not so sure any more. I tend to believe that they are about power and control for those not interested in accomplishing something. Before all of you hang me in effigy, please know that I am not suggesting a lawless or rule-less society. I understand that I cannot stab you with a knife or steal your property. I can cause you great pain with my tongue, but that is not breaking the rules, it is only being mean. Like I said, rules can be confusing.
In my active addiction I had no respect for any rules; either ones that you wanted me to observe or ones that were about my own self governing. In my recovery and my work as a Rabbi and Addiction/Spiritual Counselor, I have learned respect for rules, but have also learned that in many cases they are designed to prevent rather than encourage. Consequently, I am forever pushing the envelope to create new opportunities for expression and feeling.
I might have the cure for cancer, but if I don’t follow the rules about how to validate and publish my findings by filling out the correct forms, my cure may never see the light of day. I understand the value of having rules, but I feel we over stress rules not to be broken rather than encouraging creative license, open-mindedness, change and entrepreneurship.
My prayer for you today is that you unlock your creative passion, tear down the walls that stop you and create a new rule that says, YES I CAN!
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