“The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.” -Boris Pasternak
Who are you? Are you who you want to be, who you are meant to be? Or are you just a walking shadow of yourself while exhibiting traits of another?
The search for true meaning and understanding of our purpose in life is a mental voyage that few subject themselves to. More are even unaware of the existence of such thoughts. They just go with the flow. This is a very dangerous trend that the world is following now, more especially among youths.
This has led to an appreciable loss of originality. Most have become content and some even dependent on being spoon fed with opinions and fantasies of glamor which they accept without question as fact and the truth. No one wants to get out there to discover for himself.
The truth of the matter is that technological advancements has made us lazy and complacent. The mind is an interesting thing. If it is fed properly with ideas that enjoin independence and search for the truth, it makes the individual possessing it thirst and seek out knowledge; knowledge born out of observation and experience and this becomes the reality for such a one. Greater minds take it farther and propagate as the truth stifling research into that topic for a considerable amount of time. Conversely, the mind is quite content to sit back and do nothing other than enjoy pleasures in the midst of plenty when it is fed only with notions of attaining pleasure.
The mind is deeply connected with our primal instinct. For some, a strong sense of survival or the urge to lead, the hunger for power guides them. This connection is inbred in every human but is more prominent in some. The difference between the strength of such inbred instinct is conviction. Conviction is the fiercest form of belief that can cause a man to discover the unbelievable and do the impossible. History is littered with tales of ordinary men who because of their convictions became extra-ordinary.
The goal of every man should be to discover first his conviction, his passion before handing himself over to education and religion which would then act as moral compasses. When a man imbibes dogma or values, there is the danger of becoming mentally restricted as a result of the heavy impositions associated with them. There is no danger in this because every individual has installed, a conscience. We know instinctively, what is right and what is wrong. This keeps the search to truth pure. This is the way of success. This is the way of discovering you.
Happiness can not be found in anything man-made. Contentment can never be achieved by wealth. They can only be truly got from looking inward and listening to that voice that guides us. The measure for content, the standard for happiness is not by what we have, what we do but by who we are. And who we are is as created; god-like with the power to dream and bring dreams to life. God resides in us all and residues of His marvelous power exist within us to create as we were created. All we need do is tap into that hidden reserve.
What is your passion? What is your conviction? Have you found it yet?
“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma; which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs.
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