How many times have you asked someone how their day is going and you get some sort of snarky, negative response? You hear it multiple times every day. You've probably responded that way to the same question. It becomes a routine. Day in and day out - same shit different day right?
The only problem with this situation is that it's fucking depressing! We all have various interests, passions, callings, whatever you want to call them. No one's passion is doing boring work every day, week, month, and year until they die one day. Of course, this is a choice, but many people go through their days seemingly unaware of this fact.
The introduction to Michael Michalko's great book Thinkertoys has been posted on this site, but today the focus is on the book's final chapter. Thinkertoys is one of those books that you read in pieces and come back to over time. Every time you go back, you find new thoughts and exercises that can be helpful. Go get the book.
The final chapter is titled You Are Not A Field of Grass and Michalko opens with:
He goes on to sketch out how our beliefs and theories about the world are formed and reinforced:
He goes on to say:
This happens everyday. We see the world through the lens of our choosing. Is something good or bad? It's for you to decide:
He ends with a great story:
Everyday we have a choice in how we are going to perceive and react to the events that unfold. How did you perceive the events in your life today? Last week? Last year? Did you have to see things that way or could you have reacted differently? Are you happy with where you are now as a result?
To grow we can't hide from these hard questions. It's not fun to realize that we might have made mistakes. It's uncomfortable and often painful but as Jay-Z said, "Time don't go back it goes forward, can't run from the pain, go towards it."
We are into this new year. Get uncomfortable. Question your status quo - you are not a field of grass.