Saturday, August 16, 2008

Repost: Renaissance Men (and Women)

Sorry for the lack of recent postings. I'm diligently writing a series of posts that's taking a bit longer than I had originally estimated. This is a slightly-editted repost of the very first post on the Trinity Training Group. It fits quite well with the current series I've been working on about the antagonistic views of Luxury and Survival. Without giving ourselves the opportunities to learn and better ourselves, there will be no advancement. If we settle for our current physical fitness levels, is it good enough for the challenges that suddenly arise? Who among us has the willpower or determination to continue to educate ourselves beyond the classroom? Is the only time we think of religion or spirituality on Sundays or when we need help? It is a constant "fertilizing" of our bodies that allows us to reach full potential.

It takes a special commitment to begin down the Road to Renassaince. It requires a decision to exercise, read, write, pray, inspect, discuss, practice, think, learn, focus, share, and examine. And with all this extra duty, one must begin to rid life of unnecessary excesses and wasteful habits. Limited are the days of watching mindless TV, gossip, sleeping, gambing, sport drinking, and whining. It's been a rough road...difficult to ignore the temptations of luxury, the easy life, and being entertained. And just as hard to keep up with all the positive practices!

Check back often. I hope to have a part or two up within the next few days. Lou

A rebirth of personal excellence here in 2008? Sounds somewhat odd, doesn't it? We live in an age of dodging obstacles and taking the paths of least resistance. The most popular current self-help resources are those that inflict the least personal pain...diets with no hunger, workouts with no soreness, and religion with no guilt. But going back to Eurpoe a half-millenia ago, quite the opposite was occurring. The Renaissance was in full swing. It was a cultural shift that brought us advances in art, science, and religion. Scholars and artists led the charge to be the best they could be as whatever cost.

We at Trinity Training Group are asking the same today...a "personal Renaissance." When we enrich our Minds, Bodies, and Spirits, we see great benefits. Imagine a day with time spent equally in a gym, a library, and a church. That sort of well-rounded attitude is what pushes the human experience to new levels. Mental and emotional healths tend to be overlooked these days, with a focus instead on only physical wellness. But even physical strength and stamina cannot reach full potential without proper effort spent in spiritual and mental exercises. This blog will address different ways to challenge the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit. We make Renaissance men and women!!

“In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.” -Orson Welles

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