Five days shy of the end of the year and five days since the end of the world. As everyone I think expected the cleanse by fire came and went without so much as a flicker. Rather reminiscent of Y2K. Except on Dec 31st, 1999 I was cooking steaks on the BBQ and ran out of propane.
So now what? Have we learned finally that we simply need to start doing the right things for the right reasons instead of ducking and covering in wait for the next ‘falling sky’? In fairness who can blame people what with the media coverage of such stuff and fears being played upon by those that might want to keep us in the dark.
As a young student the class I found to be one of the more pointless was history. At the time my view was that these things had gone by and life was like a road to travel. Instead now that I am middle aged I find that life is cyclical. Bad things happen, then good things, then bad, then good… but wait… there is a lot of neutral stuff in between those times. And good things happen far more often than bad. Yet people still seem cynical or at the least they are skeptical of pretty much everything. Doesn’t seem like a good way to live if you ask me. One of my favourite anecdotes is this one.
A man walking down the street encountered folks sitting on their porch and a dog lying on the porch whining and groaning.
He asked the folks why the dog was acting that way …
"Because he’s lying on a nail" they replied.
"Why doesn’t he get up?" the man asked.
"Because it’s not hurting bad enough" they replied… . .
How bad is it hurting where you’re lying today?
How bad does it have to get before you get off the nail?
It really doesn’t matter what the nail is for you, but if it is bugging you then why are you putting up with it? Get off the nail, move away from it or remove it. If you don’t know how, find someone who does. The nail is certainly not going to move itself nor does it have any reason to. It smacks of arrogance to simply ignore a chance to improve, especially when you are not happy to begin with.
For about a month now I have been thinking about the three main things in life everyone needs to take control of. They are the same things that have been said for decades, yet here we are.
Time: You get 10,000 minutes every week. You decide how to spend them. You can use them to better yourself or you can waste them. It is up to you and only you can accept the results of how you spend them. For more on that simply scroll back to my Tumblr entry back in the beginning of this year.
Money: You get a certain amount of money and if your gross pay is about $1,000 a week then see above since that means you are getting about 10,000 pennies. Getting less than that? Start living with less. Your parents did, so did mine. And before anyone gets all cranky at me saying that, with a debt to disposable income rate of 163% right now in Canada I will gladly work with you.
Food: You get pretty regular access to what you put in your body. I’m certainly not a shining example in this arena and I will say that most of my friends are relatively healthy but seriously some people need to stop making excuses. No time and no money, but damn straight they can hit the drive through for any number of options that they claim they simply have to do. And that isn’t even talking about the really bad things people put in their bodies.
I know I’m getting pretty preachy and some might wonder if I got a new soapbox for Christmas. Personally I am uninterested in how you decide to live your life. But if someone were to ask you if you had the chance to do your education over again, if you would study harder and do better in school everyone says “Oh absolutely”. So if that is true, why are you not taking that approach right now with everything going on?
Maybe it is time to actually listen to yourself and start doing something. Maybe when you hear people saying “I wish I would have been smarter and started/stopped…” that it might be worth listening to. Chances are you already know what you need to do. Who is exactly is stopping you? Maybe you just keep listening to negative noise telling you that doom is imminent and there is nothing you can do. Wait, that keep being wrong doesn’t it?