Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Who are YOU?
Lately it has struck me that we are so busy, so influenced at a subconscious level by marketing gurus, and so pulled in so many directions- it's not that we forget to spend time on us - it can even get to the point that we don't know who WE are!
We know that no matter how old you are - peer pressure can be an issue; from the playground and trying smoking to going on a vacation you can't afford to keep up with the Joneses. How do we know what we want when we make decisions based on other people's agendas?
While it is true that it's not just about us; many leaders, parents, teachers, coaches, and other helpful souls go so beyond the call that they spend little to no time helping themselves. Charity work is supposed to be about sharing your talents and your (relative) wealth. Helping others should not be a life sentence nor should it put you under house arrest or make you more of a charity case than those you donate to. It is about sharing your great life and more importantly... YOU.
One of the most dangerous things any of us can do during our day is to slip into autopilot or the rat race. When we mindlessly take in the hundred thousand or so messages aimed at us daily, we become victim to subliminal advertising and this can replace our inert desires and even how we motivate and reward ourselves. If you never seek out quiet times or places; if there is no time for reflection - than how do we ever become self aware enough to know what makes us happy and what we want our life to look like? It becomes virtually impossible to manifest that life!
If we surround ourselves with people who we aren't proud to be involved with - we start to look, act, and think like those people. We either emulate the same values or we allow ourselves the same short-cuts.
If this is getting through to you at all and you start to question who you really might be, good for you- let's take it to the next level.
If you don't know who you are - look around you. The state of your relationships, your house, your career, your finances, your health, your stress levels... they're not accidents - they are YOU.
If you want to know where you are going - think hard about any proactive decisions or changes you've recently made. No proactive changes on the inside lately? Then exactly where you have been going is where you're most likely going to keep going.
The great news is that if you have access to a computer and the ability and time (as well as freedom) to read these words, then you have the fundamental ability to make any changes you desire to the direction and eventual consequence of your life.
Second to the Bible, the next best selling book of all time is the Lord of the Rings trilogy. J.R.R. Tolkien did not write his work to please others, to make money, or to be cool. He invented the characters, concepts, and genesis of his 'Middle Earth' during the first world war. He took one of the most horrifying realities of recent history - and he manifested something else that became legend. That is the power we all have IF we do it for ourselves and those we love.
Learn who you are and how to make yourself happy, and the other 'mysteries' of life become a lot more clear.