As I was looking out my bedroom window witnessing another beautiful start to a beautiful day, I began to think about the different things I WANTED TO DO TODAY!
As I heard my little beagle (Tucker) snoring away, I thought about taking him for a walk on a trail in the local park. Although I must keep him on a leash (because his HOUND NOSE dominates his brain function,) the 26 feet of retractable independence gives him a freedom he truly enjoys. Watching him makes me laugh as he investigates everything to the fullest before “marking the real estate” (urinating on everything) he chooses to CLAIM!
As I thought about his lifestyle, I began to realize his SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS is based on a life of adventure he CHOOSES TO LIVE. His ability to ADAPT to different environments increases his ability to ENJOY whatever situation he finds himself in.
When you think about it, as we “search for answers,” we tend to pursue UNDESIRABLEACTIVITIES/SITUATIONS and use UNDESIRABLEACTIONS. For example:
WEIGHT LOSS and DIETING– no one looks forward to weight loss as a goal in life. In addition, no one looks forward to following a “diet” regimen that typically reinforces SELF DEPRIVATION, ANGER, FRUSTRATION and ultimately LONG TERM FAILURE.
JOB HUNTING with minimal EFFORT and ATTITUDE. No one looks forward to searching for undesirable work with undesirable hours, responsibilities and environmental conditions that lack emotional and financial benefit.
YARD WORK/HOUSE CLEANING and PROCRASTINATION. After an unenjoyable work week, few people look forward to having more of their time taken away with additional chores and responsibilities they dread at home.
Our SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS (to a large extent) centers around unfulfilling activities we’d rather choose to avoid .
…AND WE WONDER WHY SO MUCH UNHAPPINESS EXISTS…
Maybe it’s time to consider incorporating SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS to ACTIVITIES/SITUATIONS that require ACTIONS
we actually look forward to!
This requires modifying our thinking and ACTIVELY pursuing MEANINGFUL situations that require ACTIONS we choose to take.
When Tucker resists going for walks in the rain, it’s because his mind focuses on the thought of getting wet. His thinking (similar to our own) is too focused and too limited. In reality walking in the rain achieves an UNPLEASANT as well a PLEASANT outcome.
Getting wet (unpleasant)
Relieving his bladder and intestines (pleasant.)
Tucker’s thinking focuses so strongly on the “getting wet” portion, his ability to see the physical COMFORT in bladder and intestinal relief is obstructed.
OUR BRAINS EXPERIENCE THIS SAME OBSTRUCTION!
As we open our minds to this type of thinking, we reveal new opportunities and possibilities previously hidden.
We begin to view school and studies as opportunities for knowledge and carer opportunities instead of institutions of boredom occupying valuable time.
We begin to VALUE our lives and CHOOSE healthier lifestyle CHOICES over destructive short term “feel good” options. This results in greater physical and emotional abilities to enjoy a wider array of activities in life.
Our ATTITUDES naturally begin to gravitate toward POSITIVE thinking. We become capable of identifying GOOD ASPECTS in situations we were once only able to see from a NEGATIVE perspective.
If you’re tired of LIFE leading you around on a leash, CHANGE YOUR SITUATION. You can begin by SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS that change your MINDSET and improve your ATTITUDE. Wouldn’t you rather live and experience life with PASSION, MEANING and a sense of FULFILLMENT that leaves people wondering why you smile so much?