In the writing of a recent comment on another blog, my inner feelings came out, and I thought I would share.
I think for the longest time I was fighting this whole experience, wanting it to fade away. For things to return to the way, they were. But as the weeks and months roll on, I realise the world needed this.
We all needed a wake-up call.
Materialism gets a lot of bad press, but for me, life is all about balance. The world, however, was out of balance. It’s so easy and natural to think, me me me, at times like this because YOU are directly affected by current events but if you look at the macro picture, you will realise that our level of consumerism could not continue.
People were living on fake money; many people have a deck of cards in their wallet, with no question of who foots the bill. We all have been living away beyond our means; we don’t need all the luxuries that we have. Advertising has convinced us that we need certain items to fit into society.
A couple of years back I was in the queue for a cash machine, and a group of girls were laughing at someone walking past because he didn’t have a smartphone saying, “he must live such a sad life.”
So having a smartphone means you have a good life?
That is the world that we were living in—shows on TV glamorising botox, plastic surgery, and bleached teeth. Children were getting anxious and depressed because they couldn’t have the latest technology and clothes.
As a society, we have lost touch with nature.
Look at the raging fires, and floods, droughts all over the planet, 100s of animals going extinct, whales and dolphins washing up dead on beaches. The wounds of how we live our lives.
Nature is all-powerful and what is happening is the balance that is needed.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
In this land of friends and followers, on-paper it can seem like we have lots of friends, but when you are in trouble, you quickly find out that you are lucky if you can count your friend list on the one hand.
Then the people that are there for you in your time of need, in your time of encouragement they don’t help you.
I have close friends that are good support when I’m in trouble and I need advice, but when I need some feedback creatively, they will not reply.
This has always confused me?
Why would someone offer support but not feedback, not want you to be in pain or suffering but then not give you praise?
Maybe we judge others on our own standards.
If someone asked me for my opinion on something I would give my opinion, I would pick out the best part; I would say something to make that person continue their writing, their art, their music etc.
A wise person once said to me, “Not everyone who shakes your hand is your friend.”
It took me a few years to see the wisdom within them words. Life is hard, and it is no harder for you than the next person. You may look at your rich friend that has a fancy BMW, lovely house,, and family and think they have such a good life, but maybe their marriage is on the verge of a break-up.
Each of us is rich in different ways.
I guess my main point is, everyone needs encouragement in life, everyone is facing their own problems and all that we can do as friends is to treat everyone in our lives the way we would want to be treated.
No matter how good someone is at something, they still need a few words of encouragement. Even a few words can make the difference between them continuing and stopping. Being depressed thinking no-one cares, or being happy that one person does.
You have that power to help the people that are around you, USE THAT POWER TODAY.
It says in the Bible, knowledge is sorrow, and this is very true. The more you know about what is happening in the world the more sorrow you will feel. Human greed for money and power is destroying the earth right before our eyes.
Yet we remain powerless.
Man likes to think he can outplay God, but we have written records down through history showing that this is not the case. Would it not be a masterstroke for God to create something that cannot be stopped, that cannot be silenced, that cannot be killed.
In this digital age could it be technology that comes to our rescue?
This is an idea that flashed into my head this morning so I thought I would sit down and see what would flow out.
Technology gets such a bad rap, from so many people, afraid that only bad things can come from AI. Artificial intelligence.
But maybe this is not the case.
Maybe AI could save us from ourselves.
Now it may not be Artificial intelligence, it maybe an evolved internet that allows us to distribute the wealth of the world more evenly, that allows me, for example, to buy coffee beans directly from a South American coffee farmer. With no need for a middle man.
Digitally I can paid him for the product plus post and packaging. Which would mean I get a high quality product, and he can have a better standard of living.
This may seem impossible but it’s only 20 years ago when it took a half a day to upload a single high resolution photo to the Internet.
Just some thoughts I though I would share.
You may have noticed that if people come around to your house, the first thing they do is ask for your WIFI password.
We like to stay connected.
Nowadays, if you haven’t got an internet connection, you are unable to get your emails, notifications, and will have no access to Google.
After one day you will not have missed much, after a week you could have missed some important emails. After a month in some instants, you may have lost your job, or at the very minimum some customers or clients.
The internet is a good analogy for what I’m going to share today because it gets everyone on the same page.
We all know what a month without the internet could potentially do to our lives.
What if our connection to nature is just as important?
The picture below I took about a 35 minute drive from my home, and until last weekend I didn’t know it existed.
In that place, I felt a power that I have not felt in a long time—the feeling of just how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things. Our egos like to make us think that we are all-powerful, like, it’s up to us to heal the world, to save the planet.
At this time of global unrest and uncertainty, we all crave peace of mind, for everything, too go back to “normal.’ Well, a quantum leap in that direction is to connect with nature again and start to download all the updates that you have missed.
Visit a local landmark, or drive to the closest beach, and re-connect to the only connection you will ever need.
The fastest road to happiness is a road we would all like to travel.
If there is such a road, why do we not travel it more often?
Life can have so many distractions, add on top of that the amount of fear and uncertainty around at the moment, and it’s easy to understand why people may think happiness is a step too far.
Well, in my experience, happiness is never too far away.
Many people say that I must have been blessed with happiness, I say blessed because I’m happy most of the time. And if I were to put into words why. Why I’m happy most of the time, I would have to say it is because I put others in front of myself. I pick up on peoples gifts and talents and then let them know, through praise and acknowledgement.
Sounds too easy, right?
Attaining happiness can’t be that easy. Can it? A few simple words to a stranger?
Well, put it into action yourself. The next time you have a good meal, send a message to the chef. Walk by a painter painting a sign, highlight his/her skills. Taxi driver leaves you off compliment there driving.
These are the little moments that don’t take much time, but they add so much value to others, and in the process, they make you happy.
As it says in the good book, give, and you shall receive. So give compliments, encouragement, and praise everywhere you go this weekend and see how much happiness you receive.
Be the voice of hope you want to hear.
As a society, we have become fixed on time. We get up at a certain time, eat at certain times, and go to bed at a certain time.
Schedules are helpful to navigate our lives.
The problem arises when we think that we can put God on a schedule when we believe that he will keep our life happy all the time. As you know, this is not the case.
After many years of plenty, there are often a few years of drought.
In biblical days the people were more spiritual, and the reason for this, in my opinion, was because they didn’t have the thousands of distractions that we have today in our modern world, that connect us to materialism.
And because of this, they were more in touch with nature and those that were highly spiritual, or as we call today, awakened. Could communicate with God.
Countless times throughout the Bible, he was not happy with his people, and on many occasions, the Prophets had to convince him to give humanity another chance.
Well, there is a good chance that at this time, God is not happy with us. And if you know your world news, you will understand why. We are cutting down the Amazon rainforest, the lungs of the planet. We are destroying our water supplies all over the world in the name of fashion. The list is endless, and depressing so I will leave it there.
This is a very fearful time in human history, so if you are afraid you are not alone, I feel that fear as well, every day. But I know that God is in control, and in his timing, the sun will shine again, and this world will be a better place.
It so tempting to search for answers, to search for that one video that tells you what you want to hear, but in that search, you will probably absorb a lot of fear.
The blind cannot lead the blind.
As much as we all want to change the world, the sad truth is, we can only change ourselves.
Be the change you wish to see. Show compassion, empathy and love everywhere you go, and maybe, just maybe, you will plant a seed in some peoples heart so they, in turn, will help others.
This is the way that I live my life.
One of the most powerful stories of the old testament, in my opinion, is when the Israelites came to the Red Sea, and Moses held up his staff, and the waters parted.
With current events, that’s where I think we are now.
The Pharaoh, the 600 chariots, and skilled warriors are coming behind us, that could be represented as fear, uncertainty, worry and doubt. Coming from the potential threat of the virus, the global unrest, stories from the news and all peoples opinions on social media.
The parted water is the path into the future, we know all will be ok when we get to the other side, but them walls of water could fall at any time.
Faith is easy in the good times, but it’s the difficult times that test just how strong it is.
I read something on Twitter the other day, it said:
A true atheist knows that nothing ultimately matters and lives a relatively carefree life. A true believer knows that it’s all in God’s hands and lives a relatively carefree life. A lot of agnostics out there. @naval
So very true. A true believer knows that everything is part of God’s plan.
I can imagine that the best way to have crossed the Red Sea would have been to keep your focus on the other side and walk straight ahead with a fixed gaze.
For those that looked up at the walls of water and turned around from time to time to see if the Pharoah and his army was getting closer, I can imagine it was a terrifying experience, that would have made the crossing 100 times more stressful.
Fast-forwarding to today. All the people that are checking the news regularly, reading every social media post about the virus, the protests, and the looting. Im sure it’s a terrifying experience.
For them, the next 6-8months will be 100 times more stressful.
Im not here to say what is right or wrong; if you are reading this, you are old enough to make your own decisions.
But I guarantee you that if you keep your family and friends close and focus on the other side, planning and working towards the future, learning new skills and maintaining your health. You will come out of this crisis a lot stronger and wiser than you were going in.
Have a good day.
Waking up this morning, I heard the sound of the rain on my window, and the thought came to me, did we all forget.
The simple things in life, what matters?
When did we all get so wrapped up in a system that made us desire material things? Thinking that we were not good enough unless we wore certain clothes or worked at certain jobs.
When did that happen?
Yes, what is happening at this time is scary, there is so much uncertainty, America, once the greatest country on earth seems to be coming apart at the seams.
In my lifetime, I have never seen so much fear.
In all that darkness, I see hope; people are finally waking up to the fantasy life that has been feed to them their whole lives. People are finally beginning to realise that only the essentials of life matter.
What’s the use of a fancy house, flashy car, 60inch TV if you haven’t got your health. What use are material possessions if you haven’t got a spiritual connection to God to give you the faith that all will be ok.
Let’s start remembering and being thankful for all that we do have.
Start each day with gratitude.
Gratitude is the candlelight that will guide you back into the light.
When someone asks what is my secret to always moving forward, this is what I tell them…
If all else fails, try again.
When most of my friends fail, guess what they do? They call me up and talk me through how badly they feel. As a good friend, of course, I listen and give my advice if asked.
The next day, another call, I answer with optimism, waiting for them to tell me how my advice has changed there life around. Or how better they feel today?
Guess what? Im sure you know what im about to write before I write it.
They tell me the same story again.
A few weeks later. Im sure you get the point.
What’s their mistake? They get lost in the disappointment, the set-back, the worry, the doubt.
We all approach life’s difficulties differently, and who am I to say what is right or wrong but all that I can do is tell you how I deal with set-backs.
I Re-evaluate, change direction, and try again.