“we stand upon a stable foundation anchored in bedrock”
Why does there appear to be an experience of instability woven throughout the foundations of so many of us, and what is it that would produce a reliable metric in order to navigate the more calm and consistent waters of life? To discover a proven path wherein the understanding that to create a strong foundation is paramount, is a key to overcoming the instability that demolishes the aspects of ourselves we attempt to build throughout our lives. As we stand upon a stable foundation anchored in bedrock, would we then not be able to navigate with ease as we withstand the challenges encountered along the journey of life?
1st century BC Roman writer, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, respected as one of history’s most preeminent architects, penned in his De Architectura about the architectus sayng that,
“His personal service consists in craftsmanship and theory.” And also goes on to warn that the architectus who relies solely on theory and ignores the craftsmanship skill of building with his own hands follows “a shadow and not reality.”
Furthermore, Vitruvius establishes a triad of guiding principles of good architecture, which can accurately be translated to also be three guiding principles of living a rewarding life.
Noted in the first of his three principles is that architecture (life) shall contain “firmatis,” implied to have solidity and strength and having the components to withstand the tests of time, otherwise be sustainable to the natural elements of the environment.
Such is also accurate for the structural principles of living a quality life. Let us state that architecture follows human life, or it may also be that, human life follows the path of quality architectural principles.
Second of the Vitruvius triad of principles is that of “utilitas,” or containing the ability to retain over extended periods its usefulness and service to those which come in contact with that which has been consciously constructed.
Such is also accurate for the structural principles of living a quality life.
The third of the Vitruvius triad of principles is that of “venustas,” or beauty and that the architecture’s relationship to a standard of aesthetics shall be pleasing to the observer’s visual interpretations.
Such is also accurate for the structural principles of living a quality life, and that when we strive to create our lives to the best of our abilities to reflect the beauty inherent in all of us; we construct life experiences in harmony with our true nature.
All in order to live an extraordinary life of sustained beauty and power.
The biblical story in Matthew 7:24-27 of The Wise Man and The Foolish Man emphasizes the importance of building upon a solid foundation and not upon the shadow and not reality:
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
“containing the ability to retain over extended periods its usefulness”
“let us ask ourselves the question; what is the foundation of our life?”
And so the story goes…
There were once two men, and each needed to build a house.
The first man was foolish, and chose to build on sandy soil
where it was easy to access and easy to dig the foundations.
In a few short weeks he was almost finished.
The second man was wise, and chose to build his house on a rocky hill,
where it was very hard to access and to dig the foundation.
He spent many months building his house.
As time passed a huge storm broke upon the houses of these men.
After much rain, a flood swept through the valley
and the man's house that was built on the sand was swept away.
But the second man who had built on the rocky hill was safe.
No matter how hard it rained or how fierce the floods were
his house remained solid and immovable.
Let's ask ourselves the question;
What's the foundation of our life?
Are we like the foolish man, are our lives built on sand?
Or are we the wise man, for whom first built his house on bedrock
and set in motion a life of sustained power?
In every example amongst the ancients, those that embodied the Master-Builder’s mindset prevailed. This mindset is defined as one in which both conscious choice and constructive action reside. Knowledge and the demonstration of such knowledge, known as wisdom, is when knowledge is applied to the inspired actions of our desired achievements, thus producing the demonstrated manifestations of wisdom.
Knowledge is conceptual, whereas wisdom is the demonstration of knowledge.
Within the strong foundational mentality of the Master-Builder as defined within this story as the courageous individual for whom commands decisive authority of and over the thoughts, inspired actions and subsequent creations of their life, there exists the following contributing attributes:
- To humbly rise above the status quo and assume 100% responsibility for the stewardship of and over their personal and professional lives and all the contained creations along the path.
- Responsibility for demonstrating expert craftsmanship in the conscious building of their lives; knowledge about beauty gained from actual experience, leadership, organization, supervision, financial accountability, and artistic discernment.
- The knowledge that there exists an inclusive, not exclusive, nature to all creation and that nothing exists separate from the whole.
“broaden our foundational beliefs and our experiential outcomes will follow”
“knowledge is conceptual, whereas wisdom is the demonstration”
When considering these attributes, one is able to see why this highly trained individual, the Master-Builder, was so favorably respected in ancient society. They differ greatly from today’s stewards, in breath, scope, and depth of personal accountability.
Spanning thousands of years into our past, the ancient Master-Builder held influence as the distinguished and skilled individual responsible for the built environments for which surrounded them.
As we embody the very same skills and mental clarity of the ancients, yet instead of building structures, we build our extraordinary lives to reflect these values. It is then and only then that the individual rises above the norm of mediocrity, and excels beyond as the powerful individualized expressions that we have each come forth to actualize through the demonstrations of how we consciously chose to live our lives.
And so the question remains, have we built our foundations on sand, or have we built our foundations on the sustainable stability of bedrock? The answer and choice is up to each of us to decide. In looking at the current outcomes of our experiences, we will find an indication as to what has been our previous choice
If we desire another outcome, then simply choose again.