Swept

Photo by Tony Fischer Photography

It was a fall afternoon and the sun made the leaves on the trees glow like embers. A perfect day for a drive to a nearby city to visit an old friend.

Or so Sam thought.

As he drove to the main road, he felt out of sync with the streets. The traffic was brisk and bumper to bumper. Drivers honked at Sam when the stoplight turned green and he hesitated for a second before stepping on the gas.

Merging on the freeway wasn’t any more forgiving, nor was the highway drive. Cars passed him from the left and right, pushing inches from his bumper. The driver behind him tailed dangerously close. It was as if everyone washed down a fistful of quaaludes with an energy drink cocktail before their commute home for the weekend. Everyone except slowpoke Sam, that is.

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When the off ramp for Barrie bound travelers zipped by, Sam switched on his signal and glanced side to side for an opening, then scanned the rear view mirror, side to side again, back to the rear view mirror.

A bead of sweat streamed across his eyeglasses. Another drop. His shirt was drenched. The drivers around him stayed locked in place.  All eyes were fixated on the road ahead. Mesmerized.

The sheer momentum of the traffic was too much for Sam and the swift current of metal, rubber and gleaming glass swept him 100 miles upstream before he could turn around.

Mainstream culture has the same effect on us. The pressure is to move with the crowd, switch on the cruise control, go with the flow.

You are supposed to believe what you are told. Buy until you’re pacified like a baby.

When we surrender to the powerful currents of materialism and the status quo, we become the current.  

Will you resist the powerful currents of conformity, or will you be swept away?

ON A LIGHTER NOTE…

I don’t normally watch TV but caught this commercial at the gym I work out at. It’s a less serious jab at how we tend to “stay with the herd”.

P.S. I don’t endorse, nor am I a customer of Ally Bank or their services.


 


 

Familiarity

Nothing gets difficult with familiarity.

Indian Proverb

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Do it Here, Now

I took a walk to the hospital to visit a friend in long term care. The morning was bright and oppressively humid. My mind was restless. My thoughts wandered, ruminated and vexed most of the way. It wasn’t constructive thinking.

Yes, I should be present in the moment, I thought. But I let it go. I’ll be present at the hospital, where I can get a drink of water.

That’s when I noticed this poster for a local college:

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Funny how that happens sometimes.

WHAT YOU DO HERE COUNTS OUT THERE: a jarring and timely reminder for me to put in the work here and now, so I can make it count when the situations matters.

Dig the well before you need the water, as the saying goes. If I wait for ideal conditions to be present, and for my mind to be still, then I will never truly embed those qualities into my personality.

Same with Rejection Therapy. Don’t expect to instinctively seize that choice opportunity if you’ve been living in the shadows all the time. Our minds have the amazing capacity to deceive ourselves and create fictional narratives.

If you need an excuse not to start playing Rejection Therapy, you will find one easily. Excuses are a dime a dozen.

If you want to be brave, social, assertive, forthright, then you’ll need to hardwire that behavior into your nervous system with practice in real-life situations. The Rejection Therapy 30 Day Challenge is a perfect way to do it.

Is Rejection Therapy hard? Yes. Is it worth trying? Only if you want to change your life.

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Calibrated Life

You have a calibrated life when most of what you fear has the titillating prospect of adventure.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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