PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 27: “Everyone wishes to be happy but in this quick fix, fast paced world it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be truly content. While we assume that happiness depends on external factors, it actually has a lot to do with our attitude and perspective.” ― Oscar Auliq-Ice
I smiled when I read this quote the first time. And I smiled again this morning, because I see so much of our culture to be the driving factor(s) in addiction. Our way of believing in external “stuff” to be the maker of contentment, the arbiter of our personal happiness. The way we race through life, running from one thing to the next without any thought of who we are or what we are doing, just being busy all the time and finding no satisfaction other than monetary gain.
This is the creator of all things addiction-oriented. It ain’t the substances that we take or the way we use and abuse each other. It is the beliefs behind this dynamic that create the environment where addiction flourishes.
As I watch our culture invade other places where ancient beliefs are thrown aside in the pursuit of McDonalds’ and Starbucks’, I am sad. These are the outcomes of that faster than life mentality we have in this culture. It has destroyed our souls.
We get to be in any place we choose with this. I know what has happened in my life and the ways I have adapted to the culture. I am grateful as hell for the time in which I was born and raised, because the swing from the 1950s mentality of mass consumerism that began the “American way” of life to the drop-out mentality of the 1960s was MY introduction to the culture. I got to spend time in each of them and have chosen to continue to adhere to the notion that there is little in corporate America that makes my life better.
As we increase the numbers of people on this planet, it becomes more difficult to find open spaces where Nature can live unaltered and pristine. My soul cries for this life. It is my source and my place of belonging in the world.
We all get to see where our old ideas are formed. It is my hope that we all learn to see our choices as they are made and find the ones that feed our spirit and not our ego. Peace!