|Posted on February 26, 2017 at 5:20 PM|
Our topic for today is “Positive Thinking.” In this blog, I will share with you the reader an excerpt from the PDF E Book “Know Thyself that can be found in the web store on this web site. The book shares little know secrets in how anyone can be the best they can possibly be, by following a step by step process. The excerpt reads as follows:
In the year 337 BC Philip II of Macedonia invited Aristotle, a renowned philosopher of his day to the Capital city of Pella to undertake the education of his son Alexander, then thirteen. Aristotle labored at the task for four years instructing the young lad forming his mind. Lysimicus taught him to write letters and Leonidus trained his body. Alexander admired Greek Literature and he envied Greek civilization.He was a lover of all kinds of reading and had a passionate thirst for learning.
Alexander was blessed with soft, blue, melting eyes and luxurious blond hair. He was sentimental and emotional. Physically he was strong and well proportioned. Though not tall, he was excellent in all sports and could have easily entered the Olympic Games because of his physical agility.
The Greeks viewed sport as a vital and important form of artistic expression. Only freeborn Greeks were allowed to compete in the games. The athletes were submitted to ten months of rigorous training under the tutelage of professional instructors to prepare for the events.
In Greece, there was no greater fame for a man. Victorious athletesreceived jubilant welcomes as they returned home from competition receiving triumphant processions and were treated as royalty. Statues were erected in their honor and they were held in highest esteem.
Alexander’s friends tried unsuccessfully to convince him to enter the games.Alexander’s response “Only if my opponents are Kings will I compete”. One quality in him dominated all the rest ---- ambition. Alexander was a hero worshiper and wanted desperately to please his father.
Philip spent most of his time away on campaign and upon his return to Pella, was fully occupied with diplomatic affairs and state banquets. He spent very little time with young Alexander. Alexander’s relationship with Philip was rather complex. There was a genuine admiration, but also an underlying competitiveness between the two. He wanted badly to follow in his father’s footsteps. Alexander’s fear was that Philip would leave nothing for him to conquer. The lad was extremely ambitious.
From an early age Alexander was accustomed to the company of politicians, artists, ambassador, and generals. He would imitate their phrases and conversational tone with accuracy. Alexander was destined to become a man of action. Alexander absorbed politics, science, and a love for Homer’s epic “The Iliad.” He lusted for Homeric glory. He saw himself as Achilles a great conqueror, one thousand years before him. He deemed it as the perfect treasure of all military virtue and knowledge.
Alexander would memorize each and every line and recite important passages to build his inner strength, morning, noon, and night. He began to condition his mind to make his vision a reality.
Alexander would see himself winning battle after battle. He could taste the victory in his mouth, as if it were red wine. He could smell the incense and myrrh brought back from his conquests. Alexander used the power of his own mind to believe strongly that his creative vision would come to pass. His Life’s purpose and direction were becoming clearer with each passing day.
Alexander conversed with the great scholars of his time until sometimes into the early morning hours. He kept his thoughts clearly focused on unifying the eastern Mediterranean world into one culture.
Once Alexander’s school days were over, he was formally appointed “Regent of Macedonia” and “Master of the Royal Seal.” He was given an experienced council as his advisor.
No sooner had Philip left on his Byzantine campaign, a rebellion broke out among the Maedi, a powerful warlike tribe. Alexander without hesitation took an expedition north and defeated the rebels, capturing the city, and renaming it Alexandropolis in imitation of his father’s similar outpost Philipolis.
Meanwhile Philip’s campaign was not going well, and he summoned his son Alexander for a decisive battle at Chaerona, northeast of Athens. Philip commanded on the right wing, while Alexander only eighteen, led a pre-dawn cavalry charge on the left, delivering the knockout blow that clinched Philip’s victory.
Alexander was a brave soldier whose perseverance marched onward. He led his troops by the brilliance of his boyish imagination. He believed that nothing was impossible and he inspired his generals on to victory.
After Philip’s death at the hands of an assassin, Alexander came to power. He was prepared to dominate the world and make his father’s vision a reality. Remembering his father’s words “Oh my son, seek out a kingdom worthy of yourself, for Macedonia is too little.”
On a bright sunny day in 334 BC, Alexander led thirty thousand foot soldiers and five thousand cavalry from the city of Macedonia. He also brought along botanists, geographers, and steppers to measure distance. Alexander went forth not only to conquer but survey the new world! Alexander taking the helm of a galley ship navigated south to Troy. His journey to Troy was to obtain a symbol of good luck. He received a sacred shield from the Trojan War nearly one thousand years earlier in exchange for his armor. Alexander believed that he was the hero in Homer’s classic “The Iliad” and that history would again repeat itself.
Alexander returned from Troy with the Trojan symbol of good luck and his most treasured possession “The Iliad” which he slept with under his pillow beside his dagger. Armed with the sacred shield he was ready to do battle. Alexander led his men to victory at Granicus River. In the next thirteen years, he mapped unknown territories, built cities,opened trade routes, and stimulated the exchange of ideas between three continents.
In the spring of 323 BC, Alexander returned to Babylon, for the last time. Worn out from wounds and hardships, he fell ill with a fever. He could neither move nor speak. He was propped up so that all of his officer’s and soldier’s could file past and pay their respects. Alexander acknowledged each and every man with his eyes. Two days later he died.
Alexander’s belief is what made him great. He believed so strongly that his vision came to pass. Alexander stood alone against half the world and because of his positive thinking he encouraged all that he came into contact with, to use the incredible power that lies within each of us. “Know Thyself”
Beyond the ancient story of Alexander lies truth. But real truth can only be found from within. Each individual must seek out their own fulfillment in life. The true wisdom of the ages is to “Know Thyself.” Just as Alexander marched through life with confidence and courage, you must do exactly the same if you want to be successful.
Alexander knew he had a choice between a long peaceful life or a career of spectacular fame. He chose fame. What will you choose? The decision is entirely up to you. In order to reach the end of your journey successfully like Alexander, you will need to navigate through some rough and unfamiliar waters to become the person that you want to be.
Do you have the confidence and courage it takes to succeed? Do you have the strength and perseverance needed to move forward in spite of the obstacles and despair? If you are having difficulty honestly answering these questions, then I suggest that you follow Alexander’s’ story more closely.
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In closing, if anyone would like to leave a comment or share any information regarding this topic, I look forward to reading your reply.