Mission Accomplished! Or was it?

by | Apr 27, 2020

I don’t want this blog to be political, and I am certain that the other side of the political aisle has made similar gaffes.

            But remember during the early days of the second Iraq War former President George W. Bush stood under a banner on an aircraft carrier. The banner read: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Well, the mission had not been accomplished—not by a long shot! My oldest son did two tours in Iraq in trying to help accomplish the mission, and a case could be made that the mission was never accomplished.

            Well, recently I have felt just like George W. As most of you know I am trying to sell our Tulsa house as we get ready to move to Roanoke, VA. As we started to enter the real estate market, I felt some real fears. I said to myself (like Oliver Hardy said to Stan Laurel in the old movies): “Well, this is another nice mess you’ve gotten yourself into! What were you thinking?..Trying to buy a house in Roanoke and sell a house in Tulsa right in the middle of a pandemic?”

            But then that Higher Self inside of me started speaking, “Rick, remember you are a minister. Is all this Unity stuff just things you say on Sunday, or is it stuff that you apply in your life when the rubber meets the road? Remember Unity’s Fifth Basic Principle– We live these truths, and they are not just head knowledge!”

            So, I started to recenter. I said to myself, “There really is one presence and one power in the universe and in my life, God the good; and that divine spark is inside of me. All will be well. Divine Mind will lead me to the right and perfect solution.”

            I started feeling confident and good. I started doing the next right thing. Soon we had purchased a very nice house in Roanoke, and my house in Tulsa was up on the market. Then despite the pandemic, we had an offer and a contract for our house in only two days after it was on the market. And the buyer was willing to pay our asking price!

            “Wow,” I said to myself, “When you follow these spiritual principles things work out– and fast. So, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”

            It was great to bask in the glow of this success. Yes, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, let’s move on to the next crisis. But then, some problems developed, and I don’t have to go into all of the details. Next thing I knew the buyer walked away from the contract, and we were left back at ground zero.

            I remembered George W and the aircraft carrier banner. I was angry! But once again my Higher Self stepped in: “Rick, anger is not going to sell your house. Forgive the buyer who backed out. Pick yourself up and get back in the game.”

            I think instead of gallivanting under banners that read MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, I will remember the wisdom of another President. Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Don’t get smug or cocky when the ball appears to take a bounce your way.

            And I will remember the wisdom of that great spiritual teacher and baseball star, Yogi Berra, who said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

            Now excuse me, but I have to get the house cleaned up and ready to show again.