A conversation sparked the thought that as humans we tend to adapt to our environment and learn to live there.
People adapt to living in poverty. Seemingly they see no path out of poverty. Their entire view on life tells them that they have no options – that someone is keeping them in poverty – that someone or some group is “taking” what is theirs.
People adapt to working in a company and at a job that they really don’t enjoy. They grow comfortable with their salary, even if there salary isn’t what they want. The grow comfortable in knowing how to deal with the dysfunctional processes they have to work within. They blame management for keeping them down, for not seeing their potential, for not promoting them to a better job. They blame anyone except themselves for their position.
People adapt to their communities, to their political environment, to their leaders. They accept that they cannot change the world around them. They accept that there are no good leaders to rally behind. They accept what it is is what it is.
You see, these are just a few examples of the great adaptability of the human species.
We tell ourselves that our lot in life isn’t our fought – someone is taking our part of the pie. We tell ourselves that we can’t make our job better – the boss is the problem, the system is the problem. We tell ourselves that politicians are the problem – they lie to us and are beholden to the money people.
We tell ourselves anything but the truth.
Sure, there are many things in this world that a single individual cannot fix. There are many things in our life that in the past we didn’t have a good solution or option – so “we had to take what life gave us.”
Yes, we have real excuses for where we are right now – a bag full of excuses that we can feel comfortable with – that we can carry around on our back and live with.
Why are you living and sitting in shit?
The world will tell you that YOU HAVE NO CONTROL of your life. That your destiny is written by someone else. That your lot in life is un-changeable. That you job and the company you work for cannot be changed. That YOUR LEADERS cannot be good and beholden to the electorate (you!)
The world tells you this everyday. The world wants you to stay comfortable in the shit you abide by.
But the truth is that the naysayers out there in the world are FULL OF SHIT. And if you accept what they believe, you are the only one to blame.
So, get out of the shitty rut you find yourself in and start doing one good thing at a time and keeping doing good things until all you have is good around you and do not be weary in doing good, for in due season you shall reap good – if you don’t faint.