A necessary realization: Your plans do not work. Ever.

Pity the successful, as the world measures success, and be glad for the pratfalls, pitfalls and face-plants in your life. A Course In Miracles makes it very clear that your plan for salvation does not work.
"The key you threw away God gave your brother, whose holy hands would offer it to you when you were ready to accept His plan for your salvation in place of yours. How could this readiness be reached save through the sight of all your misery, and the awareness that your plan has failed, and will forever fail to bring you peace and joy of any kind? Through this despair you travel now, yet it is but ILLUSION of despair. The death of specialness is not YOUR death, but your awaking into life eternal. You but emerge from an illusion of what you are to the acceptance of yourself as God created you."
If you are among the fortunate few who have failed spectacularly and repeatedly to reach the impossible goal of salvation by means of your own pitiful schemes, please learn to appreciate the lessons. There is no need for guilt, regret or self recrimination for your many painful blunders in life. They are a tool for your awakening. How else could you become ready to accept the need to awaken, except through the awareness that your plan has failed?

Don't waste time by feeling sorry for yourself. Learn the lesson and move on. The world needs you. Rejoice.
"What do your scripts reflect except your plans for what the day SHOULD be? And thus you judge disaster and success, advance, retreat, and gain and loss. These judgments all are made according to the roles the script assigns. The fact they have no meaning in themselves is demonstrated by the ease with which these labels change with other judgments, made on different aspects of experience. And then, in looking back, you think you see another meaning in what went before. What have you really done, except to show there WAS no meaning there? But you assigned a meaning in the light of goals that change, with every meaning shifting as they change."
Your plans for success come from the ego, and the ego wants you to fail. If the voice for the ego is strong in you and you manage to play the world's game by the rules of the world, you can generate the illusion of success. Your slumber will continue undisturbed. The ego wins and you die.

Be happy for your failures. The recognition that your plans lead to death is your main chance for life.

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Tom Fox
Louisville, Kentucky