What if we can live a joyful life and be ourselves in a world that’s constantly trying to make us be like everyone else? When we can’t be ourselves and express who we really are, life usually gets very challenging—like when we’re playing a role that doesn’t represent who we are at our core, working a job that pays the bills but fails to fulfill our soul, staying in hurtful relationships, or living a lifestyle that is at odds with our values. But how do we know what’s healthy or unhealthy for us unless we experience life to the fullest?
The greatest delusion we may be experiencing is that we are powerless to deal with the overwhelming darkness that is going on in our world. And nothing could be further from the truth. The noise of this world can be deafening and distracting. You’ll be overwhelmed, stressed, or simply living in fear—all weakening your immune system. It can be scary or exciting not to know where you’re headed, but you’re more in control than you ever imagined. The question is, what is within your control and what do you imagine as your journey—not your destination? Maybe it’s an ability to trust yourself enough to steer toward what truly ignites your soul. Maybe, like Bucky Fuller, you realize that “you never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
We don’t need to be victims of false identities and stories. There were generations of children who played outdoors and would find themselves lying on the grass, curious about what lay beyond the horizon, imagining possibilities. Parents often complain that their kids cannot detach from their devices and have no interest in going outside. Is it because of devices that our kids have become separated from nature?
It is not the technology itself that is to blame. For those ingrained in our current paradigms of how we are supposed to live and work, and what’s appropriate and inappropriate (another version of right and wrong), there’s no space or time to imagine. It’s not that our kids don’t want to play outside because of technology—it’s that the programming we are running on keeps them as busy and distracted as we are. Like us, they get their cues from what is valued, rewarded, and recognized in the external world as we encourage them to be responsible and grow up. Our own level of play and playfulness teaches them, as well as our own relationship with life.
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