Everyday we're bombarded with feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness by marketing companies whose chief aim is to make money by selling us more and more of what we think we want. Get better this and have better that. Everyone is striving to become more than they think they are with the misguided philosophy that if I have more, I will be more.
Women buy fashion magazines that contain images of models that have been photoshopped to perfection, only to quietly feel inadequate about themselves and their bodies. Children watch mindless T.V. Shows about reckless people who have absolutely no morals or ethics about anything they do and then adopt these "celebrities" as role models to emulate.
On the radio every 60 minutes we're blasted with an hourly brainwashing of negativity with all the bad things happening in the world that have absolutely nothing to do with us. We hear about people dying that we've never met and then we're updated about some war that has been orchestrated for ulterior motives far from what we are led to believe.
And to top it all off we have to worry about the economy declining, oil prices rising and the uncountable ways in which the world is coming to an end. Is it any wonder that people are more stressed than ever?
So what's the solution to all this madness? How do we remove ourselves from the drama of supposed day to day living?
Simple: By making a conscious choice not to participate.
So what exactly do I mean by that?
What I mean is, don't believe the hype. Don't buy into all the doom and gloom. Why? Because it's just a perception. It's just one way of looking at things. Just because everyone is running around saying things are terrible doesn't mean that they are, it's just a shared opinion. So don't join in, form your own perception based on logic and objective thinking.
The fact is the world is better now than it's ever been. We have more technology, more wealth and more creativity than ever before. More and more problems are being solved everyday. So things aren't getting worse, they're actually getting better!!
Don't get me wrong, we've got a lot of work to do. But my point is that there is at least two sides to the coin. Most people will choose the negative side because that's the side the media bombards us with everyday, but that doesn't make it the right side.
Objectively there are no sides, just grouped perceptions. So why not create your own side? Is the world really as bad as everyone says it is? Or is it all in your mind? Where else could it be but in your own mind?
Stop listening to everyone else and create your own worldview. One that empowers you to live with faith instead of fear. One that accounts for all the good instead of all the bad. One that disregards negativity as an unbeneficial habit, and one that looks for the best instead of the worst. Everyone else is already looking for the worst, so why not look for the best?
Learn to count your blessings, not your troubles. Remember the good times, and learn from the bad. See the world how you want to see it, and be the best you can be within it. And never forget: It's all just a concept, an idea in your mind that you created and you can change.