We all have roles that are intertwined.
Every single person on this planet has the equal opportunity of having to work to survive. Some of us are born with a silver spoon in hand; others may never know what a spoon is. Whether our needs are catered and we do our work through charisma and language, or we must physically dig our wells and hunt our food, we are all working. Some of us do more physical work and do little growth emotionally. Others are just the opposite, and even more of us are somewhere in the middle.
Some of us spend our whole lives doing the same job, and by whole lives, I mean ages 18~ to 65~. Others get a job every few months, do a variety of odd jobs, do activities that some may not call jobs, and even more of us have several tasks at one time. With these standard facts in mind, it seems that we overlook the fact that every single thing you do affects the entire world.
It may not seem like it, but every time you smile at someone, that action ripples and inadvertently touches the lives of dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of people.It comes down to how you look at it, as we all are connected through a variety of ways. Without the oil companies, your shoes wouldn’t be as comfortable. Without John Deere, we might not have all of the snack companies or modern medicines. If it weren’t for the lumber and agriculture industries, we might have more of a rainforest. We are all intertwined, so it is no one group’s responsibility to take care of the planet.
Find your balance through trial and error.
Every single day you have a choice. Wake up at seven or nine, the elevator or the stairs, short-term pleasures or long-term happiness. One of the most influential decisions we will ever make is the choice to decide. This decision is important because we are choosing to act, choosing to do something, even if it may be wrong. No one ever succeeded without failing, and no one ever did either of them without hard work. However, there is a difference between hard and smart work.
When I write these articles, I write out the headers and bullet points for each paragraph, usually at least a day before I finish the article, to let my subconscious sit on the idea. I had initially typed “Don’t fret while you’re young” indicating that as we get older, we should worry more. I am scratching that, because worry never does anyone, at any age, any good. Naturally, your concern for your actions and those of others goes up as we age, but worrying is a choice. If you’re worried, do something about it; either solve the external problem or more sustainable, resolve the conflict within you.
When we are young, we can try things without much consequence, as we are expected to mess up often. I have tried many ventures in the past three years, and most of them came to a halt after a few months. If you aren’t sure of what you wish to do with your life, it is most likely because you haven’t tried enough things. Get out there and take a chance!
Everything you do creates a habit, and as we age, our personalities solidify and harden, as does bread, vegetables or meat. It is important that we do all that we can to keep our brains healthy and happy, and with that being said, here are a couple of articles about keeping your mind healthy. One conventional and necessary, one abstract and a bit remarkable. Please, as you should with everything, do plenty of homework before you make any significant changes to your life, as the consequences of acting impulsively can lead to a miserable future.
Walk the line and go with the flow.
For all of you who have never heard of Taoism, this may not be as concrete for you. Even if you have seen the yin and yang symbol, you still may not fully grasp the principles that have changed my life. As I say this, I by no means have figured anymore or less than you have, I have only spent time studying them. If you choose to take something away from this snippet, be it the action of inaction. In other words, when you are pulled, push. When you are pushed, pull. I’ll let you think about that for a bit.
Whatever you choose to do, realize that you have time. Lots of it, even though our lives are extremely short. Take a calendar, or better yet, a whiteboard, and write out the goals and dreams you have, put them on a timeline, and see what you need to do to get where you want to be. Life is too short to spend it working with people who don’t build you up, and if you are having trouble deciding if they do are not, they probably don’t. This does not mean isolate yourself from your family and friends, but merely watch what happens to your attitude when you spend time with certain people.
While it is important to get proper rest ( find what works for you, although most people can function quite well on 6-7 hours of sleep) and to enjoy your time here on earth, do not get complacent with your relaxation periods. Even when you are doing something relatively stress-free, you can still be doing it productively. You can be extracting lessons from the event, learning how this is shaping you, and looking into the future with where it can take you.
At the same time, it is important to be patient with your growth process; anything you wish to be good at takes a lifetime to master. If you are impatient with your growth process and the people around you, you will push away opportunities faster than you earn them. If you are complacent with your journey, you will miss opportunities that someone else will take. Your life is up to you. make it yours.
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