Public Sculpture Sisyphus by Anna Chromy
Do you have an overbearing inner voice constantly driving you to do more?
I hope not, but productivity remains the ethos of modern culture. Even though there’s a counter-movement towards simplifying one’s life and working less, chances are the demand to be productive has permeated your core.
Although I’m a champion of living with ease, I’ve recently discovered my “driver”, whose enthusiastically trying to trip up my year with less pressure. She’s the one that’s always pushing me to do more, entwining her messages with the implication that I might not be good enough.
A tragedy like the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can arouse your compassion and sense of connectedness with all humanity. So please don’t turn off or flip the channel when you hear tragic news and harden to the sadness, pain and grief.
Empathy – which involves the recognition that we are all fundamentally the same – has the power to change the world for the better if we make it our dominant perspective.
How do we think about and respond to the evil that exists in our world? One of my readers put this question forth when they responded to my Reader Survey:
“How can you always talk about good and good when the world is full of wicked, manipulative and negative minded people? All is not always well within, I think once in a while we would like to hear your views about these facts of life.”
Thank you for asking so honestly. You’re so right, we’re not always well within. In fact, many of us are thrown about by our own litany of thoughts, emotions, and habitual patterns.
Anger, desire, greed, envy, anxiety, fear, and doubt are just a few of the emotions that seem to constantly spark us. Even those who aspire to lead a wholesome life are confronted by their dark emotions, not to mention those intentionally engaged in foul actions.