The Sixth Sense of Being

Buy the video The Bells of St. Mary's through this affiliate link with AmazonIn the 1945 movie The Bells of St. Mary’s starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, and written by Dudley Nichols, a 12-year-old girl reads her essay assigned by her school teacher, on the subject of everyone’s five senses. Except that she adds the sixth sense of “being.”

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As you know, the SemperVerus personal leadership model is comprised of five life-changing success-generating components that contribute to your ability to Stay True:

  • Prepare
  • Aware
  • Be
  • Know and
  • Do.

To “Be” for the SemperVerus Brotherhood/Sisterhood is to commit yourself to continually develop rich personal leadership character of exemplary moral and ethical quality.

Or to put it another way, read how the girl in the movie describes it:

To see, to hear, to taste, to smell, to feel… to be.

The most important is the last.

The sixth sense is to be able to enjoy the five senses properly.

To be. That’s what really matters.

It’s up to us what we make of it.

We see others, hear others, know others with our five senses.

But how do we know ourselves?

Through common sense.

Common sense is an internal sense whose function is to differentiate between the senses’ reports or to reduce these reports to the unity of a common perception.

Two great words: To be.

Other words grow out of them.

I am, you are, he is, we are, they are.

That takes in everybody.

As Shakespeare said, “To thine own self be true, and it shall follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

“To be or not to be, that is the question.”



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