Oh yes…it’s that time of year again
What time of year
and boy oh boy here we go again
On the 1st of january a pointless exercise sweeps across the world, at at least it sweeps across areas of the world where individuals have too much time on their hands and I suspect too little going through their minds.
It is the annual game called making a new years resolution, that though very rarely won still seems to entrance us all
So what, I wonder will most of us be resolving to do.
Well if you follow this link on new years resolutions- click here-a somewhat predictable list of resolutions will be arrayed before you, and I’m sure that most will be very familiar, but what if someone asked you to agree to a resolution that had never been proposed before.
This is something I am going to ask you to think about doing now , and my challenge can be summed up in just two words
Sounds easy, doesn’t it, and following on from my last post-Celebrating the new year?WHY?, you might be a little cautious, but once you start to take on such a challenge, it’s not quite as daunting as it seems
So what is involved in such a challenge.
Most of us think about life in a way that has been passed down from passed generations. We are told about logical sequencing, thinking in straight lines, and step by step progression. As regards interaction with others around us we are encouraged to follow the norm, to respect our elders, and to learn from those who though no longer with us, still have much to say. Finally we learn about what “they say”, about what “everybody knows”, and “common knowledge”, and a whole lot of other platitudes that enslave us and keep us in chains
It’s almost as if we were train engines. We can puff or motor along at our own speed, so long as we don’t hit anything, or fall of the rails, but in order that we don’t hurt ourselves, or anyone or anything else around us, we have to keep on the rails
My response to such good advice is to say, why
There are no rules to say that we should think that way, no laws that state that public opinion must be obeyed, so why do we allow ourselves to conduct our lives within such baren guidelines, and why do we not make ourselves break free
There are many reasons for us not doing so, and it is only fair that some of those reasons should be recorded here, so
- It is safer to run with the pack than to go it alone
- It’s easier in the mind as others do the thinking for you
- Popularity is far easier to achieve
- Far less obstacles in life will stand before you
- If you poke your head above a friendly parapet, far less people are likely to go bang
All this is true, and it is very easy to live your life through such a set of values, but what if a different kind of life lay before you; a more independent life where so much more could be achieved, what life might you chose then. Let’s just see what benefits might accrue then
- Being clear of the pack means that you can see and hear more
- Thinking for yourself opens up new ideas and horizons
- Broad popularity may be unobtainable, but the friends you do gain are all the more special
- More obstacles will confront you, but also more exciting challenges that will blow such obstacles away
- You can think, speak, and live your life with much greater clarity, and even if you get fired at when you stick your head above the parapet, you will have the dexterity to get out of the way
So how about if folks, how about taking on a REAL new years resolution.
No more faffing about and fiddling around on the edges, no more procrastination and waiting for almost inevitable failure.
Just try thinking differently. Hop of the rails which, if truth be told, have never been there in the first place. Look at life differently, step outside of your comfort zone and look at your life, and the lives of others around you, as if you were a physician worth a note pad. I’m not saying it’s easy, and I accept that those who remain within the pack that makes up most of society may well think you odd or very peculiar, but the rewards are potentially staggering and there for the taking, so why not give it a try.
If you want proof of the pudding it lies right in front of you, and throughout the blog that I offer you, but if further words are needed I give you two quotes. First a quote by Abdul Kalam, a scientist, an administrator, and the 11th President of India
My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/a/abdul_kalam.html#H8hZAwz713geIkef.99
This may have been a message to young people in India, but quite possibly this is a message for us all
Second a quote from the Apple Corporation, and no ,I don’t work for them and I’m not a shareholder. I just like their thoughts and words. Mercifully I’m no genius, nor am I crazy; or am I, especially the latter, on that one you must decide!
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Happy New Year Everyone, may it bring you joy, peace, and happiness wherever you are, or wherever you end up as the months go by.
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