Too many people these days dismiss the details of understanding and/or presentation of the ‘facts’. For example, Chuck Todd, former host of the Daily Rundown on MSNBC and current host of “Meet The Press” on NBC offered a contest for people to send in their videos to introduce his show. Some of them were quite good and funny. However, this morning he lamented at the fact that some good ones couldn’t be aired because they had the date or day of the week wrong.
Now, if you really want something in life, shouldn’t you at least CHECK to see if youare right? Or do you just spew out whatever without taking being factual into account? The saying that “the devil is in the details” comes to mind. The saying is derived from the earlier phrase, "God is in the detail;" expressing the idea that whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important. The original saying is attributed to Gustave Flaubert (1821–1880) [Wikipedia.com]. When one makes the time to do things thoroughly it reveals their character. It demonstrates that the truth is of paramount importance to them because they make the time to ferret out the facts before spreading rumor.
Years ago I was helping my girlfriend at the time by guiding her daughter in laying out and writing her report. When we finished the form of the paper, I told her that we had to analyze the substance or ‘content’ to verify its accuracy. This included the spelling AND the grammar. My girlfriend said that it didn’t matter because her daughter’s teacher didn’t care about the spelling or grammar. I was astonished at this and couldn’t believe it until I met the teacher who said that the ‘policy’ of the school was to concentrate on the students getting the work done without concern for spelling and grammar. I later found out that this was the case because in order to receive federal monies they had to follow those guidelines alone.
Now, I was appalled! I remember in my early education how grammar and spelling were literally drilled into my head and this taught me how to be precise. Later on in my education, as a result of science, I was taught that specific results require specific instructions. If specific results require specific instructions, then it follows that specific instructions require an understanding of the facts and the correct ‘presentation’ of those facts. For example, if you are looking to haveyour video aired on a national TV program, wouldn’t you make the time to CHECK the day and date of your video? It’s as if the zeal of the presenter is so guided by ego that it purposefully undoes its chances for success because it fails to make the time to present what is important; the CORRECT day and date!
Glossing over the details in favor of getting yourself out there to satisfy your ego’s desire for recognition proves that the ‘devil’ is in the details; that which causes your undoing came from you because you didn’t pay attention to understanding the rules and making the ‘proper’ presentation. Some say that ‘it doesn’t matter’ when in fact IT DOES! If you are going to present truthful and accurate information to fulfill the purpose of helping others or yourself, then make the time to know the facts and relay them honestly. If not, you will always undo what you are doing simply because you didn’t make the time to check your work.
When you listen to the ego telling you to ‘get it out there’ without checking for accuracy, you are listening to its desire for recognition. You are NOT listening to the guidance of the Divine for the Divine only presents what is truthful, helpful and completely accurate. Stop settling for second best or things that come close and miss the mark. Be precise, be focused and be diligent in your quest for accuracy. Don’t glaze over and ignore the facts that don’t align with your selfish agenda.
Be specific in your understanding AND in your presentation. If not, the results you seek will NOT be what you had hoped for and you will be branded as an individual who only cares about what is ‘convenient’ to them and not what is accurate for others. Stay on point; it won’t take too much of your time and it is totally worth it! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)