Thursday, August 20, 2009

Why Do We Do The Things We Do?

We always find time for the things we want to do. And if people challenge this, not thinking it correct to say that, they should take a more introspective look at their lives. If our lives are full of pressure, and we feel disempowered to choice, chances are we designed our lives that way. Nobody else did.

Probably one of the most important questions we can continually ask ourselves, in humility, is ‘What makes me consider and decide what I do?’ Or in other words, what influences us and impacts upon the final decisions we make?

It is a healthy person who routinely searches themselves through these sorts of questions, yet can we truly call ourselves one of these? The spiritually healthy person is at least aware of the motives of their actions.

It is easy, of course, to reverse this technique and focus only (or mostly) on our attributions of why others do the things they do. (I am still surprised at the numbers and sort of people who do this—they never seem to realise their folly. Yet we all fall for this trap to some extent.)

But this doesn’t help us at all—it only hinders us, for it blinds us to perhaps our own poor or inadequate motives and it sets us up as “better” than the other person—and, that’s a trap in anyone’s language.

What helps us most positively in the entire context of our global lives is self-honesty and an undivided commitment, or dedication, to truth.

Becoming who we were always designed to be, from the beginning, is the only real goal of life—from this comes all other goals of veracity.

We cannot become who we were always designed to be without being ruthlessly honest with ourselves—this is the truth that sets us spiritually free.

I’ve known several people who’ve found themselves trapped in a whirlwind life of their own making. Huge mortgages, expensive cars and other assets bring pressure to bear and no wonder they’re exhausted at the end of the week! No wonder there’s a living resemblance to the movie, Groundhog Day.

Why do we do the things we do? What makes me consider and decide what I do? These are poignant life questions that can only help us realise our actual values so we don’t waste our short lives on the transient ventures and actions that’ll prove futile in the long run.

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