The Unity and Solution of Three

Three is a very unique number.  In the same way that every word has a meaning, so too does every number.  Through the last ten years I have been intrigued by my ever expanding understanding of the Power of the Wisdom of Three.  This power touches each of our lives and many of us don’t take the time to notice the impact this small yet significant number has on our life.

Dating back over six thousand years ago, the number three was given to stand for unity.  People understood that when three people were brought together in thought, word and deeds unity was always present.  Still today, when two people have opposing beliefs it is a third who is solicited to break the tie.  With the same level of accuracy the number three was thought to signify solutions.  Lessons that held three simple concepts were the ones easy to teach, remember and apply; successfully bringing a solution to the problem.  That is why, these early learned people, used this unique number to pass down traditions we use today; touching our personal, professional and spiritual personas. 

To illustrate these truths, we need only read the stories of the early Christians written over two thousand years ago; giving meaning to our Holy Week celebrations and the memorials of our Savior. 

If you consider only the accounts of the week that made up Jesus’ passion; you will find many uses of the number three.  Each application provides us, as well as the people of that time, with either an understanding of unity and / or a solution to problems presented.

One interesting example is the way Jesus accurately predicted that Peter would deny him three times.  Peter was a trusted and loyal disciple; so why would he, of all people, deny knowing his honorable friend whom he loved so much; not once, not twice but three times?

This incident greatly exemplifies that we are, at our very core, a self preserving race.  Peter and all the apostles were fearful of their lives after seeing their teacher arrested and abused.  He knew that Jesus was the most innocent man he knew and yet he watch him being tormented in ways no one would dare openly submit to.  It was Peter’s humanity that was tested three times, not to break him but to unify him.  It was through these three denials that Peter was unified to Christ.  In addition, these failures would act to strengthen three entities; Peter, those who would follow him and the future Church.  It was on that Holy Thursday night that Peter came face to face with depth of his Lord’s first commandment.  To love was our self, community and our God; even under the threat of persecution, is the hardest thing one could ever do. 

Unlike Judas, who also denied Jesus three times that week, Peter found the solution in God’s forgiving love.  Judas had much more time to reverse his actions but he chose not to; yet Peter had minutes between his indiscretions.  Though Judas did finally repent by giving back the money and confessing that he did a terrible thing; he still was unable to accept the grace of God’s mercy.  Instead, he gave up on Jesus; taking his own life in an attempt to ease his own self inflicted suffering.  Peter on the other hand, learned from his three mistakes and became a champion for the world. 

For three years Peter experienced the essence of Jesus.  After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter was likely one of the first to feel the essence of God and would soon be introduced to the essence of the Holy Spirit.  God’s divine Essence magnified but not different from the three individual persons of the Trinity.  Just as every person has three humanities; mental, physical and spiritual we have one singular essence.  Our mind cannot think one way and have the body and soul act imposingly.  What we think becomes our words and then our deeds.  Our deeds are the result of the strength of our essence.

When we overcome great struggles like Peter did, our nature becomes a new and powerful essence; felt by all who experience us.  We are never the same again.  Our essence is magnified in our trinity; our mind, body and soul.  God’s and our essence are not distinct from our three personas; instead we become distinguished by the unity of the three.  

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”, your source for additional information about the Power of the Wisdom of Three.

Two Sides of the Same Coin

The idiom “two sides of the same coin” is a very meaningful phase that hold multiple applications in our world. With that said, on the surface it also falls short in the understanding of the three dimensional world in which we live.

Look at any coin held off from a side angle. You will quickly notice that the coin has three sides, not two. The edge of the coin brings in the third dimension; one that holds the true meaning of the statement itself. The coin is much more than the sum of the two images on the two prominent sides. What lies in the middle is the reason the side images can even exist. Once more, The Power of the Wisdom of Three can be held in the palm of your hand.

This saying is usually “coined”, pun intended, as a reference to the opposites of any one’s true nature. Meaning that we cannot determine the coin’s value just by considering a single engraved image found on either one of the two opposite sides. The same can be said about people. Whether we show the world the good that we do or the mistakes that we make; our value is the sum of both sides and the often ignored middle.  After all it is the middle that allows the two side images to exist. This is why that I believe it is the important middle that should not be overlooked.

Consider how our whole is made up of all three sides, not just the two that we intentionally showcase to the world. The images we project through our actions will either be good, bad or neutral. We make choices every day that will either benefit, harm or have no effect on the three entities of every solution. Even though our true value to society comes through the good that we do, as with the example of a coin, our conceived value doesn’t vary immediately when we do bad. The intrinsic value of a coin is found in the metal in the middle and our intrinsic value rests in the whole of our being; mind, body and soul.

Cannot a coin be used to fund good as well as evil and at the same value?

The tri-images that we present to the world are created through the tri-nature of our body, mind and soul which in turn will be featured in the tri-personas of our personal, professional or spiritual lives. No one person can always be bad or good nor a success or a failure; we are all flawed just like every coin is less than pure and somewhat tarnished. As with the coin, it takes both imperfect impressions and the less than distinguishable middle to make us whole.   

Even though we are flawed, it should not hinder us from doing all that we can to increase our value by doing more good than bad. As I mentioned before, the coins value does not decline immediately when used to fund inappropriate endeavors but over time, when the society that produces the coin begin to collapse, the value of the coin will decline. This down turn always occurs because of the accumulation of an abundance of poor decisions made by the majority of its citizens. The same can be said about a prosperous society or business; it only rises in value when the majority of individuals contributes to the growth and well being of whole. It is this well-being, funded by the selfless giving of ourselves, that supports and enhances the value of the coin through positive actions of the many. When more members of the team does well by their fellow members, the stronger the whole will be and the higher the net worth of the greater good.  

Next time you hold a coin in your hand, toss it around, notice the three sides and think about your personal growth.  Your growth will effect that of your family, your work and your spiritual life. The worth of that coin is made up of three sides as is yours.

If this is my last post, I want all to know that there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Vice President / Adjunct Instructor at The American College of Financial Services and author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Polarized or Fractured vs. Unified

“People are all fruit from the same tree.  Not all are appreciated; especially if they are tried before they have had the chance to ripen, others turn bad because of the experiences they endure and the rest bring joy to all who value what they have to offer.”

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Modern Solutionary

We are each born of the one human race; innocent, pure and good.  As we mature or ripen, flaws begin to appear as dark blemishes on our soul; invisible to the world until we act.  It is these acts that pull us apart and fracture our society.  This darkness is a byproduct of our acting out against the truth through the selfishness of our free will and the negative influences of a harmful environment.  Through the passage of time we will either allow this darkness to rot our decisions or we can take steps to scrub away the damaging thoughts, words and deeds that spoil the original fruit we were created to be.

This cleansing work need not be a solo job.  We are provided help in the form of various people whom we meet along the pathway of life; a co-worker, a friend or possibly the mailman who we speak with every now and then.  The role that others play depends on our predisposition at the time of the encounter.  It can also fluctuate as our being evolves daily through the people that you meet in person or by video, the books that we read and our moral and ethical values.

I find that with each good person who comes into one’s life and with each final farewell made to them; we strive harder to be a better version of our self as selflessness grows from the experience they provided us.

For years, university polls have reported that we are a polarized world; a people who cannot agree on the solutions needed to solve our communal problems.  Consider the term itself, “polarized” means two opposite extremes.  We are constantly trying to identify if people are right or left, black or white, gay verses straight, Republican or Democrat and the list goes on.  I personally believe the only polarization that should be of any importance is whether we are right verses wrong but in today’s relativistic world that is the one polarization that is not popular on either side.  As a matter of fact, it begs the question “Is it society’s factorization that causes blindness toward multiple wrong leaning views?”  It is like looking at the world through broken glasses; nothing looks like what it truly is.

As I age, I am prone to turn to the Power of the Wisdom of Three for answers.  These lessons can help us Learn, Understand and Apply the solutions against the forces that cause us to pull away from one another.  I am learning daily that, just like the tree in the quote above, we are “planted” securely in our own environment. As a society our environment does not allow us to quickly change our view of the world in which we live.  In our environment, each “fruit” starts as a bud struggling for Survival, if it can draw enough nourishment from the tree it will reach a state of Adequacy and with care, nourishment and strength it can eventually arrive at a place of Prosperity.  Unlike the fruit of a tree, we individually have the ability to make decisions that will impact our future environments.  These choices will differ based on our unique perspective but, just as the real fruit has to deal with outside influencers like heat, wind and insects so are we challenged to not succumb to the destructive effects of selfish perceptions, emotionally charged lies or inscrutable people but instead to base any decision on the truth.  We are assured that the truth does not change, regardless of which environment we find ourselves in.

Think back to when you were young; we depended on others.  This dependency, through the lessons of experience, should have drastically reduced as we matured.  As we become self-reliant we learn that there are only three attributes of a self-sufficient adult who strives for a state of prosperity; we first become Dependable, then are held Accountable and once accountable we must become Responsible. These attributes are viewed as noble statuses to hold but are not without cost.  People who possess these attributes must abide by the truth or be ridiculed when they are stripped of them.  A few good and wise decisions could earn you the respect of these attributes but in order to secure these traits long term one must live a selfless and truth filled existence. This cost is high and the reason why too many people choose to be dependent instead of dependable, unaccountable instead of accountable and irresponsible instead of responsible.  It will always be those who choose to be dependent, unaccountable and the irresponsible people who draw the focus away from the truth.

The last three proofs of the “ripening of the fruit” rest in the character of the person.  To finally reach prosperity one must be viewed as Honest.  When someone lives an honest life they will be said to have Integrity. Living a life of integrity will naturally foster the Trust of all whom you deal with.  These three character traits will always be present in those people who follow the truth.  For anyone who leads others to the truth will be said to be trustworthy.

So, even though we all are fruit from the same tree, the only way for us to become a unified society is to follow the truth and the truth will not and cannot be different for everybody, it never changes, and it requires a selfless nature.  Until we understand and live these facts there will never be unity.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Success; Guided by the Three Laws of Motion

“Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”

Solutionary, Sir Isaac Newton

I have always been driven to “climb the ladder of success”.  I enjoy that metaphor the most because one of my mentors, Zig Ziglar, when speaking on the topic of the goal of success was fond of saying; “I will see you at the top.”   He was not the only one who commonly envisioned success as a state of being higher than the rest of the pack; a journey that called for the traveler to pay an extra price for getting to a place of distinction.  Anyone who ever climbed a mountain or even a hill can attest that the higher you climb the greater the toll, the harder work and the sweeter the victory.  Continue reading “Success; Guided by the Three Laws of Motion”

Clamping down on Leadership

History is so important to the human race because it provides us with the experience component of wisdom.  It is wisdom that solves our troubles and without history we have no chance of overcoming our future dilemmas before they cause harm. It is through the lessons of history that we come to understand; how the eternal laws can solve these quandaries, create tools that leverage the power of the laws and master the application of the laws through the tools that we create so as to benefit all mankind.

For instance, the first clamps are said to have been developed by the Egyptian around 600 BC.  They were made by wedging two boards between large rocks.  The wedging force tightly pressed the two boards together so the glue could set, binding the boards as one.  This created stronger boards and for ship building, made a leak proof seal between boards.

Much has changed since 600 BC but the uses of modern clamps still solve the exact same problems they were originally intended to solve using the same laws of nature.  The Egyptians understood the Law of the Lever; force leveraged by a fulcrum will increase power, creating extra strength.

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Using Natural Laws to Solve our Problems

Every wise decision must be based on the truth; identifying the true problem, understanding the true motivating factors impacting those affected by the problem, and committing to the truly selfless solution as well as the consequences that will impact each of the three parties involved.  Yet, for millenniums the truth has evaded, been doubted, or has just been totally ignored by the human race.  It is through this struggle that we create, instead of solving, the problems that plague our lives.  The funny thing is that the human race is the only species on earth that has the mental capacity to challenge these eternal truths.  All other species live their lives programmed to follow the universal truths that rule all of our existence; while we live our lives questioning the very truths instilled in us from birth and that we know, deep down in our being, to be true.

Fascinating!

Take fire, for instance; it has solved our problems from the earliest times of our existence.  It solved our heating needs, brought us more food options, and was instrumental in our creation of many tools that solved even more of our problems. These are just a few of the obvious solutions that fire has brought to us, but there are many other problems we can solve if we learn to use the building blocks that allow fire to even exist.  These building blocks are the universal truths all people have access to naturally.  Let’s use the following scenario of two people gathered around a camp fire as an example.

Jerry was enjoying his decision to move away from the rest of the community.  He built himself a crude shelter by the lake and was able to do whatever he wanted, when he wanted without first having to consider the rules of the town.  He’s always been a loner and did not like having to conform to the wishes of others.  Oh sure, the town’s people were nice enough but he thought that they seemed to judge his actions.  People noticed that he was on the lazy side and when he did have a job, he did not like being told what to do; even if he was being paid to do it.  He also felt that his neighbors looked down on him for other reasons; when he did not attend church services, his hair was longer than every other man in town, and he admits he enjoys a few too many alcoholic beverages from time to time.  Out here he could be himself.

About a year later another man, Greg, built a cabin across the lake from Jerry.  Seeing one another from time to time, they got along well enough and soon Jerry thought of him as a friend.  One evening they were sitting around a fire.  Greg asked a lot of questions about how Jerry came to be here and how he coped during the winter months.  Jerry explained that he had a small herd of sheep and he did some trapping to bringing in extra money during the slow months.  When Jerry began to quiz Greg about the same, Greg said that he relied on others.

Confused Jerry asked, “What do you mean?”

“I have two other “neighbors” who bring me what I need.”

“How do you pay them?”

“I don’t.” said Greg.

“Why would they do that?”

Taking a stick from the wood pile, Greg nudges a burning log off the fire and to the side, away from the stack of burning embers.  “Jerry, watch what happens to that log.”

The two men sat quietly watching as the burning log slowly began to cool to the sight. The once glowing amber log died to a coal gray color of ash and the dancing flames quickly shrank and eventually faded away completely.  “You see Jerry, without the support of the community of the other logs and the shared energy of their embers, the isolated log quickly dies away.”

Greg coldly stares down Jerry and whispers, “I expect your support.”

The next day, Jerry packed up his wagon and moved back into the town.

Jerry learned valuable lessons.  Never confuse your desires with your values.  People who make decisions based on emotions, desires, or false ideologies can easily be taken advantage of by the next passionate, likeable character to walk into their life.  There will always be three communities, one with whom you share core values, the one whose core values you oppose, and the one that tries to hide their core values.  Sadly the utopia does not exist where all residents of the community share completely in all values.  However, when you do find the place where the majority of your core values are shared; unity, peace and respect will live supreme.

It would serve us well to remember and understand the message behind the words of Michelangelo, “Only God creates; the rest of us just copy.”

We can draw so many lessons from this story, all of them compliments of the natural laws.  First, people, like all animals, are not meant to survive alone.  The Law of Survival teaches us that we each depend on one another.  Humans are by nature a social animal.

“No man is an island unto himself.”

John Donne

The other, less obvious lessons come from the Law of Fire.  We know that the logs burn because all three ingredients are present for a fire to start; fuel, air, and the ignition source.  As in all aspects of our life, as long as the law is followed, there will be truth and the outcome is predictable.  If that is true, why do you think that the log that rolled away from the pile stopped burning?  It is simple, either one of the three ingredients were missing or a fourth overpowering element was present into the mix.

To apply any law to one’s life we are required to be educated, have experience and apply the spiritual, ethical and moral precepts in a selfless manner.  The education and experience could consist of understanding what conditions make wood the best fuel.  It is the wood fibers that are combustible, but logs naturally contain a very non-combustible ingredient, water.  When logs are piled together in a fire, their unified presence increases the heat substantially.  This magnified heat can overcome a higher level of non-combustible water; turning the fourth ingredient into steam.  Once separated from the higher heat source, the water overwhelms the fuel component and the reduced heat as the ignition source.

When this lesson is applied to our life, we can exchange the water in the wood for lies, deceit and trickery in our lives.  Every one of us is basically the same; just like that pile of logs and we each have a little of these falsehoods in our lives.  When we are trying to do the right thing, it is much easier when they are surrounded by people of like mind, words, and deeds.  However, when we separate from the group, for whatever the reason, and if too much untruth is introduced to their life, we quickly begin to burn out.  The flames of truth are smothered and the blackness of deception envelops us.

That explains the introduction of a fourth ingredient but what about the loss or reduction of one of the three required components?  Think back to that rolled out log. The area where it lays flat against the earth has no way to receive the air needed to continue to burn, the rest of area of the log which is producing the needed heat source is not enough to over compensate for the presence of the water. This in turn reduces the temperature even more allowing the water to extinguish the rest of the fire.

These realities should prove to us that it takes all three areas of our life to make us burn with the passion we are meant to deliver.  Our three ingredients for our fire are our body, mind, and soul.  The other “logs” that we depend on come from the “forest” we create from our three personas, personal, professional, and spiritual.  We need all of these to burn bright and if one of our three ingredients are covered up for some reason, we need the other “logs” more than ever in our life.  It is almost guaranteed that at some time in our life, one or more of our ingredients will be negatively affected by something.  Do not lose hope; instead turn to those key “logs” as a trustworthy source of truth, strength, and courage.  Together we can more than make up the difference.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Vice President, Education & Development at The American College of Financial Services and the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Faith in the Leadership; Professing is not Enough

solutionWhen you leader others, you want them; no you need them to have faith in your thoughts, words, and deeds. If they do not have that faith, they will falter when things get tough, or worst, they will seek out another leader whom they perceive will better fit their needs. For the leaders of companies, organizations, or even families this lack of retention can be a very big problem. Continue reading “Faith in the Leadership; Professing is not Enough”

Our Three Final Wise Decisions

“There are only three certainties in life; breathing, taxes, and death.”

Anthony “Tony” Boquet

It was Ben Franklin who coined the phrase, “There are but two certainties in life; death and taxes.”   Now realize that this statement was made as a jab of the ever growing need to fund the government machine but he was absolutely right in the fact that taxes will last as long as we live and death is a certain end to our life.  However, in an effort to satisfy my craving for accuracy, I purpose a third certainty; the only sustaining involuntary function that maintains life; breathing.  We know that Ben was a fan of debates and was also a very intelligent man.  I think that if he and I could have reflected together on this comment, he would have agreed that I was correct in my addition.  Man only needs three things for human life; Air, Water and Food.  Of the three it is only air that is consumed involuntarily; thus there can be no life without the act of breathing.

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They are to be Honored and Memorialized

Memorial DaySpringtime is a lovely time of the year. The air is filled with the smells of blossoms and fresh cut grass. The comfortable temperatures entice and draw us to enjoy the outdoors. This weekend will be no different in those ways but you will have the added benefit of seeing many stars and stripes flapping in the breeze. Your family may take part in a parade or host a family picnic to recognize a special group of loved ones that you wish to remember. Regardless of the activities you participate in this weekend; I hope we all set aside time to celebrate this most righteous of holidays. For it is as a united Country that we should set aside our differences to come together as a whole to honor and memorialize those brave men and women who gave their all so that each of us can continued to live in freedom, liberty, and peace. Continue reading “They are to be Honored and Memorialized”