My life has changed drastically over the years, shaping what I know, and who I am as a person. From my carefree childhood years, to my rebellious teenage years, I was immortal, and unaware of the world outside of my own. My experiences molded my thoughts. My friends and family made or broke my heart. I did the same to them. I was thrown into the world of death and taxes without a parachute, expected to fly. The pressure of living up to social standards took hold of me before I knew it, so I put my head down and swam upstream like everyone else. Get a job to pay for the house, the car, the food, and the fun times. Work my way up the corporate ladder. The change in my life had been gradual, and it took me before I knew what happened. This is my life, and it’s not that much different than yours.
Not long ago I made a change in myself. With God’s help, I wanted to be the one in control of my life. I was tired of complaining about my job, where I lived, the economy, and the government. All of these things are going to create feelings of dissatisfaction and negativity. Not only did I want to be in control of where my life went, but I wanted to be in control of myself. I knew I needed to change my attitude, and my heart, before my life would begin to change.
So I made a change, and I struggle with trying to make myself better everyday. It’s not easy. It takes commitment and a present mindset. It takes an open mind and an open heart to others around you. Don’t be quick to judge the guy on the corner holding the sign, you haven’t walked in his shoes. It takes sacrifice and a willingness to give more than you receive. This is especially hard since people are hardwired to be self serving. These are the traits that need to be applied to everyone, but none more than to your wife, husband, sons, and daughters. We are the ones responsible for the future generations of this world. Will they see themselves as confident, giving, and positive thinkers in society? How will they see others? Our actions carry more weight than we can imagine.
Soren Kierkegaard, known as the Father of Existentialism, recognized what was wrong with the world. He found that it came down to a personal level, one that needed observation. He challenged everyone to take a good look in the mirror, unafraid and unbiased, to recognize their faults. It takes courage to do this. A change begins to take place when we can recognize what’s wrong with ourselves and move to action. That is the key, action. Decide, act, and commit. No more excuses, no more complaining. In this modern day, knowledge is infinite and time is short. Let’s not waste it.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” -Soren Kierkegaard