Why do we do what we do when we do it?

Spirit asks me if I know why I behave the way I do.

When?

At any given time.

That depends.

On what?

On the situation.

Have you designed a specific beahavioral response for any given situation?

I don<t think so.

Then, what?

I respond as seems appropriate, at least for me.

Then different people might respond differently to the same situation?

I guess so.

Why?

Perhaps they have learned different coping strategies.

How?

I suspect you know more about this than I do.

Yes. We each began to develop general coping strategies in early childhood,
in response to personal experience. We learned, through practice and
experiment, what behaviours seemed to serve us well in different
situations. These we added to our tool kit of coping skills. With
use they developed into habits that may no longer serve us as well as
they once did.

Then we need to become more flexible in our response.

Yes, and more aware of what triggers our particular responses.

That would require paying attention to our behaviour.

Yes, with intent to adapt to changing circumstance.

Such as?

Our progress along the path of enlightenment.

I’m playing a game I can’t win, and know it.

Spirit tells me that

I’m playing a game I can’t win.

Somehow, I suspect this may be true, but,

How am I supposed to respond

To Spirit’s sometimes power strategies.

 

Are they designed to weaken my resolve

To resist accepting as true,

anything that I can’t understand?

even knowing that my capacity

to understand is limited, or

Do I resist for the sake of resisting? or,

Have I developed a habit of resisting

The mind boggling concepts Spirit

Presents me with, to simply deny

The limitation of my mental capacity

To understand them?, and, if this is true,

Then why?

 

Wouldn’t it be so much easier

To simply give in, and say,

Okay, you win.

Am I just to stubborn to do so?

 

But, what if Spirit’s intention is

To encourage my capacity to resist being

A mindless sponge, or

A spineless sponge, if

There be such things.