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#34 Expand Your Vision

Posted: July 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Life | 7 Comments »

Most people in the world live in a narrow vision of reality.

They decided upon principles, rules, and perception of the world that they think would make them happy.

But sadly one day, the world turns its back on them. Well, something happened. They lost their financial backings, they got separated from a loved one, they got into an accident.

Some made it through. They picked themselves up, dusted the memory off – leaving their egos smudged, but took off with greater intensity hoping that things will somehow change in the future (until the day their egos are finally shattered). Some didn’t.

Out of this group of people, another 2 kinds emerge.

  1. One doesn’t realize why all these unfortunate incidents happen to them, and can’t figure out what they must do to make things better. As a result, they continuously suffer.
  2. Another, they finally opened their eyes – they got awakened, even just momentarily, to knowing that their perceptions of the world are just illusions based on meaninglessness.

Referring to the previous sentence, I don’t mean to say that everything is meaningless. But that people’s individual narrow view about the world is. It’s like staying at home as a child with everything provided to you by your parents and saying that the world is comfortable, because your room is.

The problem happens when you get out of this ‘room.’ Or one day, an accident happened – a hurricane hits, an earthquake visits, something else forced you out of your comfort zone. In that moment, you’re pushed right into a reality you’ve never experienced before. And as it turns out, this reality is far bigger, with so many more things happening outside of your expectations. Some good, some bad. The good ones will give you new bliss. The bad ones? Well, they could hurt you more than you’d ever want to experience with new pain too.

I’m not saying that everyone will actually go through this. Nope. If you’re fortunate enough to be protected from all the bad events of life, and could experience ‘flow’ all through your life in what you do and you’re happy with that – then by all means, stay with it. Happiness is the most important thing after all. Bad things may really not happen to you.

But, for people who’ve gained pride – who’ve lost their roots, lost their identity of who they really are,  those are the people which I really meant to write this post for.

People who’ve stopped living from an honest appreciation of their true selves. Who lived life based on a certain identity like a mask, equipped to satisfy their egos. Who stopped seeing every other people as the true being they are, but as a classification of stuff which can be discarded or picked up for personal gain.

If you think this applies to you, just remember to think back on who you really are.

Because in the end, that’s what you would appreciate in yourself too. Life’s short. Why should you waste it on some thing which doesn’t bring you true happiness?

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7 Comments on “#34 Expand Your Vision”

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