(An informal conversation with a friend.)
That’s a very good insight into the matter, my friend. So true that often when confronted with a huge insurmountable problem, the mind inadvertently or purposely shuts down it seems. It’s like taking on an overload which somehow breaks down or affects the cerebral process. So then there we stand with our feet feeling like it’s become rooted to the ground, so to speak, and trembling unable to think, much less do something or anything at all. Falter is so true.
As for the idea that a human being is weak, the answer to that would be a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’. ‘Yes’ he IS weak -- if that person is unenlightened or who isn’t aware of his own birth right – his distinct potential and capabilities. ‘No’ he is NOT weak -- if that person has a heightened awareness of his innate abilities to overcome cope and survive. Sometimes the mentor or guru or friend sought or needed is not there when needed, thus a person is ultimately left by himself to cope with a particular situation using his own available resources and capabilities. A person who is strong in this belief and principle stands a fat chance to overcome and ultimately succeed in the strife or all strife as the case may be.
This is the point I am driving at --- that we shouldn’t let difficulties turn us into weak persons, as is the normal course we see. I can see no plausible excuse for us to allow it to happen when we already have it all within ourselves to survive and win – again to quote Abraham Maslow:
“We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, and callings.”
Maybe you can call this a paradigm shift -- or some other name known to you and your studies. But we must look out for opportunities to change if we are to improve our lives. I particularly urge the young men and women of today to try for new mind sets, new thoughts, and new ways of doing old things. You cannot be content with tried and tested paths. There are no more challenges there left for you to explore. They who have come before you have already done that. Why not blaze new trails, create new paths to walk towards your big dreams and hopes and adventure. Get off your comfort zones; they serve no purpose except to make you lazy and comfortable. A comfortable life is not always the way to your dreams. You’ve heard that said and written about many times before. This time do something about it. And if you’re overwhelmed or daunted by the enormity of the task before you, overwhelm not because it simply starts with one tiny step -- That’s where you begin. That’s where all great things begin – with the first tiny step.
Want to think about that? :-) May God bless you whichever road or path you're taking.
posted on Friday, February 09, 2007 2:54 PM