Trying VS Making

This might sound as a cliche but i feel many people confuse trying with making. I also feel the reason behind trying instead of making is more often than not… pure laziness.

A option-packed, easy-living world with instant fulfilment. This is the cage of our own making. We want options to try out, we want it as easy as it gets and we want results delivered immediately. The exact opposite features of any personal development endeavour.

From Siri to that new wifi coffee machine, the promise remains; fast, effortless, instant. Fast forward 40y from now to 2060, heck… even eating will be too much effort! A bio-energy feed will give us what we need while sleeping.

Of course, the point is not going back to fetching water from the well, it’s about acknowledging that some things STILL (and always WILL) need effort. And i don’t mean moving to a bigger house or getting the latest iphone; to quote Al Pacino “money is the easy thing”. The hard is to develop yourself in becoming more aware of self and others, to improving your situation management, showing patience, flexibility, forgiveness, compassion.

This is how the instant and effortless tryout lifestyle set us back:

• Patience? too much time; snapping is easier.

• Awareness? too tiring, oblivion is easier.

• Flexibility? ….impossible, too complicated, rather be rigid.

• Compassion? …naa, too much thinking and emoting.

 

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Point is there are many smart machines to tryout but only so few virtues in life. Trying them out the fast and easy way doesn’t work, you have to put some back to them for change to happen. And unlike the smart coffee maker, there is no “auto on” function, YOU have to light ’em up -every time!

Molecular Choice Set

“You control every aspect of your life on a molecular level”

What does that mean? It means momentary decisions define the course of your life and because these are tiny fractions of the whole, you hardly ever notice them. For this reason we often wonder: “how did things reach here..?”; well obviously not on their own. Fleeting momentary decisions set us on the course that generates each situation. Problem is we didn’t see these moments nor were we aware of the decisions.

Let’s put that in a common real life scenario; am fed up with my work and in a moment of enlightenment i decide after many years of silence to go beyond my predictable response and claim my life. I visualize starting fresh, traveling the world, living in different places, working for the next day and many other things that my existing standardized lifestyle deems impossible. This feeling of freedom lasts only for a few moments and if i decide to act on it, I will set the cogs in motion and will bring change to my life.

In these transcendence moments we truly steer our life and go beyond the realm of our predictability.

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After that moment of choice has occurred there are still 2 variables that can bring the whole thing down.

The first is our ego and the second is time.

Start backtracking and overthinking where you should not and you will numb all your potential. The mind creates barriers when a realistic departure from our seemingly safe comfort zone is in sight. Feed these barriers with fear and disbelief and your empowered choice will start to loose all its lure.

Time is very important. If it takes too long to act, you will eventually end up living the thing in your head finally doing nothing. Once wholeheartedly decided, you need to act swiftly without additional thinking or external influence; otherwise is like revving the car engine without ever put it in gear.