Who are the happiest, healthiest people you know? Is it the people with the great wealth? Is it the people in the best physical shape? Is it the smartest people? Is it those with the greatest amounts of power? If you closed your eyes and tried to envision the happiest and healthiest person you’ve known or seen, who would it be? What qualities does this person possess that makes you believe they qualify to be the happiest and healthiest person you know?
Many of us are taught to strive for excellence; to be “the best we can be” with everything we attempt in life. Why? Does this concept create a better mental environment for each of us to live a happier and healthier life? Have you ever considered the difference between “striving for excellence” and “striving for BALANCE” and achieving EXCELLENCE in the process.
There is a misbelief that striving for anything less than excellence is accepting mediocrity. This thought process creates unnecessary stress and undermines individual performance in many cases. It has the ability to be destructive by causing the mind and body to function below a threshold where good health and happiness can exist. Recognizing and undoing the damage that occurs in many of these cases can place good health and happiness on hiatus for years without second chances to relive those years. Yet today, “striving for excellence” continues to be viewed as a laudable goal in life.
As individuals, we are not encouraged to challenge society and its views on what is beneficial and what is harmful. In general, we participate in a unified cohesive manner to be part of a larger group that adds stability and security to our lives. On the surface this sounds beneficial.
In reality, how many of us view our lives as stabile and secure as a result of this belief?
We have been so indoctrinated into believing we must follow the path that society chooses, that we have compromised our personal beliefs and values rather than deviate from the path that society directs. This is NOT suggesting that anarchy is a solution to this dilemma. It is, instead, suggesting that we step backwards and analyze our thoughts and actions and answer a very simple question:
DO MY BELIEFS AND ACTIONS MAKE SENSE, OR IS MY BEHAVIOR BASED ON SOCIETIES RULES AND BOUNDARIES THAT ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN “THE WAY IT’S ALWAYS BEEN?”
Thinking as an individual requires courage. Many will vilify your behaviors and actions in an attempt intimidate others from following your path. On a certain level, following the masses creates an easier path because it has already been chosen for you. On the other hand you must learn to live with the consequences that society dictates you follow regardless of personal beliefs.
So, should we continue to pursue a course in life that “strives for excellence” as society identifies as an admirable method for achieving stability and security or possibly “strive for BALANCE,” which this INDIVIDUAL doctor and writer recommends to achieving a better state of mental, physical and spiritual health and happiness?
MAYBE , THIS CONCEPT IS A MISSING PIECE OF THE PUZZLE PREVENTING MANY OF US FROM LIVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE WE’RE ENTITLED TO.