There’s this computer chip inside of all of us, programmed with a lifetime of past, present, and future of CRAPPY excuses for the most part. (Maybe in some of us, it may be actual chips! Maybe some Lays or Old Dutch?!)
Maybe the medical term is amygdala, located in the brain responsible for survival instincts and emotion. I know it’s there, if only from a handful of life coaches that told me that it’s there – seriously – them and probably psychologists – because we all know I didn’t pay attention in biology.
So, at least now I know who to blame for all my incompetencies & justifications, AMY. G. DALA……DAMN Bitch – just shut up already!
But it won’t.
The brain keeps going. Pumping out CRAZY ASS EXCUSES and JUSTIFICATIONS for ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!
Here’s the other crazy thing that is programmed in us. Somewhere else, no doubt.
I don’t even think they have a medical term for this, probably because it’s part of your spirit. Well, really it is your spirit, your soul.
It’s our desire to INCREASE, CREATE, to PUSH BEYOND what we are capable of, to GROW, to live INSPIRED.
If AMY is working overtime in our brains to keep us safe and rationalize everything for survival purposes, then our true spirit, our souls – the part of us that is connected to source – is the part of us trying to grow, create, become better.
Talk about cognitive dissonance! (By this point, it may actually appear that I went to college… or have become a really good GOOGLER!)
Cognitive Dissonance is basically what I’m talking about – the state of having inconsistent thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, EVERYTHING – the internal battle we face every day!
This is where the damn rubber meets the road beautiful!
I want an ice cream, but want to lose weight.
I want some wine, but want to drink less.
I want to watch TV, but I want to run a marathon one day.
I want to SHOP, but I want to SAVE lots of money.
I don’t want to work now, but I want to retire early.
Blah, Blah, Blah – you get what I mean.
DUALITY. DICHOTOMY. LIFE IS CHOCK-FULL OF THIS FRUSTRATION!
Don’t you find that you are always stuck between the now (’cause life is short) and the future you (in case you actually do live a long life)?
But deeper still, why is it that the now side seems to almost always win? SO FRUSTRATING – are you with me?
MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: IS IT ABOUT BALANCED LIFE (BOTH SATISFYING THE NOW & THE FUTURE SELF) or COULD IT POSSIBLY BE OKAY TO BE ONLY FUTURE FOCUSED (SATISFYING THE FUTURE YOU)?
You can really decide that for yourself and you have already. Look around you right now, look at what you created. That’s all you by the way – no one else to thank or blame.
Most people don’t even have a balance. PERIOD. They are only present focused, and nothing gets done for their future self.
So, here’s the big question….WHY?
You see, if you talk to any therapist, life coach, interviewer, etc – their favorite question is always WHY.
Then they ask you to peel back the onion layer.
REALLY, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
And once you strip past the amygdala, and all the somewhat artificial beauty pageant answers, like family, friends, and world peace, you actually end up back at yourself, you end up at pure spirit, your true soul.
Because here’s the real WHY?
None of what we do really matters, and yet, it all matters.
(We know this deep down & that’s why we all have the internal struggle!)
HOLY CRAP – the ultimate DICHOTOMY that makes your brain FIZZLE out on overload.
It’s true. Life really is empty and meaningless. It’s what we make it mean that counts. It’s our choice to make meaning from our soul’s work – you know the stuff that lights you up – whether it is construction work, being a writer or helping people.
SO put that in your pipe and smoke it – literally (not physically, I don’t actually own an old-man-pipe, but would be cool…)
HOW DO YOU WANT TO LIVE & CREATE YOUR LIFE?
These are the options available to you:
- A) Past Focused
- B) Present Focused
- C) Future Focused
- D) ALL OF THE ABOVE or SOME OF THE ABOVE
It’s your choice my dear, and frankly, no one can give a damn for you, only you can give a damn for yourself. Unfortunately, that’s how this life thing works – you need to care enough about yourself, love yourself enough, and create your purpose for yourself. No one else can do it for you. (I think we wish they could!)
I’d also say this: FOLLOW YOUR TRUE SPIRIT & SOUL’S PURPOSE & SHUT THE MONKEY BRAIN (AMY.G.DALA) UP!
If faced with the DICHOTOMY within – CHOOSE YOUR TRUE SPIRIT (which by the way, will be FUTURE FOCUSED!)
The AMYGDALA (Monkey Brain) is PAST & PRESENT FOCUSED! (This is where we reside most!)
For me, I’m like, SCREW IT – I’m going all in – FUTURE FOCUSED. It’s the only way I’m going to be able to create the dream, the picture, the vision I have in my head for my life.
What are you creating?
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