I am happy..
I still hold faith to a few essential items for happiness:
- a sense of purpose,
- something to do,
- something to look forward to and
- someone or something to love
This blog serves a few goals for me
It keeps a fairly succinct history online for my better recollection many years from now of my thoughts when we talk about the CoVoid years (as I would like to remember it) and reminds me of the importance of living a life without drama
I am not a religious person, however I do believe and like the good deeds and thoughts they offer others (mostly if they are of their same religion)
I like the way belief is organised around an ‘invisible’ deity or force (be it God, The Universe, Gaia, “all there is’ etc) and that it doesnt matter if good or bad happens to you – in some way this was meant to be….
A lot of this thinking was re-inforced when I read the book by Scott Adams (the originator of Dilbert)
If you have not yet read this book by the creator of Dilbert, I highly suggest getting the book or kindle. Read it and then the follow up with “The religion wars“. Both are short reads – but so powerful in thinking… (more to come on this!!)
So what has the world-wide pandemic taught us?
The ‘not so good’
As is evident through carbon levels – (HISTORICAL NOTE: we are now at 412ppm) and 450 was deemed the point of no return
Perhaps some of this is through unsustainable overpopulation and some of this through taking advantage of differences in power
As is evident from the levels of obesity and malnutrition. And the obsession with fast food
Our levels of pill taking, drama, anxiety, depression and all possible ways we can own and do stress is remarkably high
Many differing points are raised, contra raised, debated, conjectured – however mostly with the aim of being sensational, getting a headline, putting out something,
- Technology has helped bridge gaps and keep connection
- We shared a common purpose (‘flatten the curve’)
- Some have exercised more and some have eaten better (without the convenience of take-away)
- Our carbon impact has reduced (less cars, industry and hurting the earth)
- Relationships and communications have improved and more people are reaching out
- We found resilience and resolve in the face of stress that we all shared (i.e. not just my problem and they dealing with it)
What will the next phase look like?
I don’t know – I do not follow with precise passion the death rates, recovery rates, transmission curves, lockdown level changes and I don’t because of my adage around unneeded worry and stress. We cause most of it to ourselves with our own thoughts of doom and panic and our sub-concious brain sees our concern and provides us with the self-fulfilling waves of anxiety, depression and confusion
We need to take positive steps to plan and create positive outcomes, and not dwell where doom and gloom thrive.
See if you can reduce stress with these following from Byron Katie (I call it dealing with the WORRY STEPS]
The Four Questions
If there is one message out of all of this to me it is this
“This too shall pass….”
A final story to help consider what more we can do to help people and countries struggling with levels of debt…
The circle of Debt.
It’s a slow day in some little town……..
The sun is hot….the streets are deserted.
Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich tourist from back west is driving thru town.
He stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.
As soon as the man walks upstairs, the owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at the feed store.
The guy at the Farmer’s Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her services on credit.
She, in a flash rushes to the motel and pays off her room bill with the motel owner.
The motel proprietor now places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money & leaves.
no one produced anything…
…and no one earned anything…
...however the whole town is out of debt and is looking to the future with much optimism