When we make change with money, we neither get excited nor upset. We don’t feel defeated or victorious. Give a bank teller a $5 bill and ask for quarters, and we’ll receive 20 quarters in return. Although the currency has changed, the amount has stayed the same. This is how change works in life too. In the grand scheme, change is an even swap when acceptance and perspective are applied.
Would you choose to live better if it were part of your job’s scorecard? If your yearly performance evaluation at work also included how well you have been living your life outside of work and not just about how well you’re doing your job, what would you do differently? Now, what’s stopping you?
Sometimes the best preparation and the best odds are beaten. Not by a vengeful god, not by a villain, not always even by a better opponent, not by anything other than the way the events transpired. Winning everything, getting everything we want whenever we want it does not the path to happiness make. Never knowing an obstacle is knowing the straightest path to misery.
Every moment is a fight/flight or play dead choice. The wording, intensity and severity will differ: perhaps it’s love/hate or apathy – like/dislike or whatever. In all cases, one doesn’t have time to ponder to the depths of one’s own intelligence or ignorance before deciding. Looking at the world today, it would seem the most intelligent and the most ignorant are aligned in choosing the negative and the indifferent as guiding principles. Love is a fight response. Acceptance is a fight response. Kindness is a fight response. Compassion is a fight response. These are a war ensemble.
The truth of learning is not to know more, but rather learn more about what’s truly important and doing right by those things. Clarity is acting with intention only after we’ve successfully cleared away the clutter. The more we know, the simpler life should be; not the reverse.
We tend to do least of what we know we should do most: Sleep, exercise, read, love, learn, be. Instead we tend to work, worry, wallow, blame, binge and chill. We are what we do and what’s popular to do is not what’s best for anyone, especially ourselves.
Hire the person – not the resume. The resume may earn someone the interview, but it’s up to the interviewer to discern the character of the person in front of them. Same goes for life. Don’t be impressed by anything other than the behavior. Behavior patterns sum up character more than any prior achievement or accomplishment.