Last time I talked about Mindlessness; below I am looking at how to be true to yourself:
To thine own self be true
I realise now I spent too many years in my youth lacking the courage of my convictions and too many years not believing in myself sufficiently, but the other day when I heard someone say on the radio, “find what you love and you’ll never do a day’s work again,” I immediately recognised the folly of my younger days as it hit me in the face.
Every now and again someone will say to me, “but not everyone can do what they love, or society as we know it would grind to a halt.”
I would argue with both parts of that statement.
The first part I disagree with wholeheartedly. Anyone can make their dreams come true if they believe they can, then find or work out what they have to do, and find the courage to make the effort that will make it happen. In most cases, of course, that means silencing those deadly self-limiting beliefs because they are what holds us back and cultivating in their place unshakeable self-belief. What your heart desires is unlikely to be handed to you on a plate and you may need to find out what steps to take. Then you must take action.
As for the second part, would it be so terrible if our corrupt society ceased to function? Think about it. We are surrounded by knife crime, a drugs crisis, an NHS under severe strain, and undersubscribed police force, our education system in need of support, and stress, stress, stress. Not to mention Brexit. There need to be many changes, and those changes will do us a power of good, and this can be achieved by people doing what they love and loving what they do. As long as we stick to that principle, there is no need to fear change.
There are many people who love their work. For example, most of the doctors and nurses I’ve come across are absolutely devoted to what they do. So are many scientists, architects, bankers and engineers, as well as people in the arts. There are plenty of people who aspire to the established professions who love what they do, so I don’t see why society should collapse.
But society does need a transformation, and so do many people. I am thinking of those who feel trapped, who hate what they do, who go through life bored and frustrated. If you are one of them, why not break out of your self-imposed prison and start to live a bit? You only get one chance at life.
Above all, we must encourage our children to discover their talents and passions and to develop them as much as they can so when the time comes for them to enter the world of work they know what they want to contribute and have the confidence to pursue that path.
In this way, society will be enriched, there will be a lot more happiness and probably far less crime and illness, particularly anxiety-induced illness.
Stress and depression seem to be endemic more than ever nowadays. It doesn’t have to be that way if we teach our children to have the courage of their convictions and to follow their hearts.
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