Living An Examined Life

The following is the introduction from Minister Mark A. Albert’s upcoming book, Living an Examined Life.

Minister Albert has been a tried and true friend of Spirit Life Church. For his years of gracious and effective service at this ministy’s behest, I thank him.

Thankfully he has agreed to allow this blog to share some of his work before it hits the presses. Enjoy.

And Merry Christmas,

– Ps. Ken


Living An Examined Life: Introduction
By Mark A. Albert

Living An Examined Life: Introduction

I learned long ago that it’s not as essential in life that we “find” the right person; it is more essential that we “be” the right person. Practically speaking, we may find the most wonderful individual in the world to be our significant other; we may have the most awesome friends the world has ever known; and we may, even, have the greatest family that one could possibly imagine; but if we don’t treat them well, we may find ourselves all alone in this world. That would be a tragedy, indeed. As a result, we, individually, must grow into the right kind of person.

Socrates said:
The unexamined life is not worth living.

In other words, we must examine ourselves, take a look in the mirror, and determine the kind of person that we desire to become. In my distant past, I decided to do just that.

In order to help me stay focused on that goal, I developed a personal mission statement. It described, very specifically, “the who” that I wanted to become. Now, I can look back, daily, to see if I have fulfilled my mission. Every evening it is actually possible to discern, rather easily, whether I have acted in a manner consistent with my mission statement.

Though it has been tweaked a few times over the years, it has remained, primarily, the same.

Mission Statement:
“I desire to see every person reach their highest potential by offering love and respect, while encouraging each individual to strive for personal excellence.”

Key Definitions within the statement:
Highest Potential = reach the optimum level that the gift “within them” can accomplish.
Love = treat them as I would want to be treated.
Respect = treat them as if they are a treasure.
Excellence = set high expectations and challenge their best effort.

As you can see, I believe that we must learn to treat all those, with whom we come in contact, with love and respect. This will bring strength and health to our relationships. Not only that, we will become much healthier, as well.

Working, daily, to become the right kind of person is one of the most important lessons that I have ever learned, but it is not the only one. I have faced many situations in my life and have learned numerous things as a result of those experiences. That is why I write. I am hoping to share with you valuable insights into how life works. If you can learn this information through reading, maybe you will not have to re-invent the wheel, as I feel I have done on occasion.

I hope that you find the following life lessons and their accompanying poems to be both entertaining and helpful. If, within these pages, you find yourself thinking about the kind of person that you desire to become, then at least part of my purpose for writing has been accomplished. If you avoid the pain of learning these truths the hard way, then the other part of my purpose has been fulfilled.

I hope you are as blessed in the reading, as I have been in the writing.

Romans 12:10
“Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.”


Minister Mark A Albert is a great friend and valued community member of Spirit Life Church.

He is currently working on a book of wise prose and poetry called Living an Examined Life.

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