Shift Through the Old and the New
Heraclitus stated, “The Only thing that is constant is change” (500 BCE). Yet I would argue that the only thing that is constant is that people want to feel good: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And there are three main categories in which humans feel as though they can achieve this positive state:
- through wealth and/or abundance (having all material and safety needs met)
- through relationships (which humans believe is how they will obtain physical and emotional security), and
- through a sense of purpose- being able to answer “why am I here?” “What is all of this for?”
The only thing that really changes then is how we (as humans) think these ideals and desires are obtained.
There have been some tried and true ways that seem to be consistent throughout the history of time on how to obtain this happiness. And yet there are always new ways, ideas, and technologies that pop up in our reality that can also be catalysts for making our lives easier and more entertaining. But just as there have been helpful thoughts and practices on how to obtain these ideals, there have been just as many detrimental ones.
The only thing consistent is the intent and purpose we have for obtain and using them. On top of that with use of new technology, and becoming an expanded global society, we have even more access than ever to a wide variety of thoughts, ideas, and opinions on how to obtain and live this “happy life.” I would also argue that one formula has not, and will never fit all. Therefore, I have found it is imperative, that just as we practice going throughout our day being aware (and asking ourselves) three important questions, it is also imperative, that as a society and in our own self-selected social groups, we continue to ask three basic questions when it comes to making decisions regarding if these new ideas and technologies actually contribute to this pursuit of happiness or deter us from it:
- Does this thought or experience make me (and others around me) more happy/content?
- Does this thought or experience make me (and others around me) more or less functional?
- And did this thought or experience make me (and others around me) more or less energy?
Challenge of the day: Stop seeing things as positive or negative and start seeing every experience as an opportunity for growth and a chance to get better.
I realized I forgot a word on #1: Does it make me (and others around me) more or less happy/content?