What Personal Development Lessons Can We Learn From The Catholic Church, Newt Gingrich, The Rapture, and Arnold Schwarzenegger?

The Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse

Last week the Catholic Church released a report claiming that the sexual abuse problems with their priests is partly due to the promiscuity and free love consciousness of the ‘60s. This is clearly inappropriate. The sexual abuse problems with their priests is solely due to the sexual abuse problems of their priests.

Personal Development Lesson #1:

We must put an end to trying to shift attention and responsibility to other people, situations and circumstances. When we have done something wrong, we must own what we have done, take full responsibility, and make amends as best we can.

Newt Gingrich and Social Engineering

Last week Newt Gingrich appeared on Meet The Press and made a statement about the radical nature of Paul Ryan’s plan to disassemble Medicare. When he met with resistance and condemnation from the GOP, he reversed his position to avoid any further backlash against him.

Personal Development Lesson #2:

We must have the courage of our convictions. If we speak our truth and it is not received the way in which we would have liked, best that we not retract it for expediency sake. Best we stick to what we have said and believe in, have the courage to stand up to our detractors, and make our best case. When what we claim we believe in shifts with the winds of public opinion and peer pressure, we lose our credibility, it quickly becomes apparent we cannot be trusted, we lose the respect of others and our self-respect as well.

Harold Camping and The Rapture on May 21st

Last week Harold Camping’s prediction of the end of the world failed to materialize, leaving many of his followers and true believers in serious financial difficulties insofar as they had liquidated assets and spent a lot of money promoting his end of the world campaign, expecting that May 21st would be their last day on the planet.

Personal Development Lessons #3 & 4:

Although it’s a good thing for us to have the courage of our convictions and to put our money where our mouth is, it is also important that we not do anything impulsive and reckless that would jeopardize our well-being. To have believed that the Rapture was going to happen on May 21st is fine, and to have communicated the message to others is equally okay. But to not take into consideration the possibility that it might not happen and to put ourselves at financial risk is an example of magical thinking gone amok and is foolhardy.

“Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.”: Harold Camping made the same claim in 1994 with absolute certainty that the Bible doesn’t lie and all his calculations come from analysis of the Bible and there is no question that the Rapture was going to happen, and it didn’t. Take home message: When we have followed someone’s prediction in the past and it was proven to be false, best we not go down that same road in the future. Best we take into account his previous track record and not put all our eggs in his basket.

Arnold Schwartzenegger and His Love Child

Last week it was revealed that Arnold Schwartzenegger had an affair with his housekeeper in his own home and fathered a child with her, which has led to a diminishment of his career opportunities, the break-up of his marriage, a loss of respect from others and perhaps a loss of his self-respect, though it’s possible he has no shame.

Personal Development Lesson #5:

Best we pay attention to the potential consequences of our actions. Best we seriously consider all possible outcomes of any decision we anticipate making and be sure we would be comfortable with the outcome should the worse case scenario ensue. If we would not be comfortable, we choose not to go down that road.

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