Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 34

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 34

This entry is part 27 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Change, and the Terror It Creates

There was a time in my life (not so long ago) that the thought of changing jobs again terrified me. It also made me angry at the fact that life had put me in a position that made another change necessary. If you’ve read any of the previous posts in this series, however, you know that a good deal of my way of thinking has changed over the last couple of years. That process has all but irradicated my fears with regards to change, as well as my expectations regarding what I do (and do not), deserve in this life.  

Thoughts, Actions, and Decisions

Change excites instead of terrifying me now. I dictate my position in life with my thoughts, actions, and decisions. Everything I have (or do not have) was gained (or lost) as a direct result of the aforementioned thoughts, actions, and decisions. Also, I no longer base my happiness on those programmed notions that I spent a lifetime forming concerning how life should be. My happiness is no longer dictated by the expected ‘norm’ — my ‘norm’ is dictated by my expected happiness.
Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 34

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 30

This entry is part 23 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Spirituality, At Its Purest…

Spirituality, at it’s purest, is actively working towards being a better person. I see people getting this wrong all the time. Some are smug, self-righteous little people that would rather tear someone else down than building ANYTHING up. Others are angry at God and disdain anything and everything that looks like it might make them think beyond their own material existence. Still, others are just sad and confused; weighted down by the burdens they carry and too tired to lift themselves up.

 

Everyone Walks Their Own Spiritual Path

Everyone walks their own spiritual path. This is true whether we acknowledge it or not. We can stomp our feet, wring our hands, and scream to the high heavens that it’s not true, but it is. And even though every individual must walk their own path, every path eventually presents the same set of guidelines that must be followed in order to walk any further; they are that we must flick all those chips from our shoulder, kill the materialistic programming that we’ve accumulated (since birth), annihilate our prejudice’s, and get to fucking work.

 

Spirituality Is Work

That’s right — work. Work (and by extension the works we do) are the key to it all. You can WANT to be a better person, THINK about ways to be a better person, HOPE for a chance to be a better person — all of that equals exactly jack shit if you do not actively, emphatically, consistently, and constantly WORK towards becoming a better person.

 

The Good News

Here’s the good news; ask and ye shall receive! Believe me when I tell you that is absolutely the truth. If you take a moment and ask God (the universe, the All, the sun; however you internally identify with existence as a whole) to show you ways to be better you will be presented with more opportunities than you can handle before you lay your head down that evening. The simple trick is learning to recognize, accept, and then act.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 34

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

This entry is part 21 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Opportunities & Blessings

View every circumstance you encounter as an opportunity (and a blessing) and your life will change in miraculous ways.

The victim mentality we are conditioned, from birth, to have will slip away. It is not possible to feel like a victim when you change your thought process to view everything as a gift. ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ circumstances no longer exist; only encounters that help you grow and prosper.

 

Quicker, Healthier Resolutions

Your temperament will change, patience will increase, and the things that used to ruin your day will no longer stop you in your tracks. They will not stop happening; rather, they will affect you less and less as time goes by. Traffic, commotion, work problems, relationship problems — Your subconscious mind will begin leading you to quicker, healthier, resolutions.

 

A Shift Of Consciousness

It is a hard shift of consciousness to attain, but well worth it. I would even go so far as to say it is the first, and most important, step on the spiritual path. It was for me anyway. It took a shit ton of practice and deep breathing to get me there too. Once I did though the effects were overwhelming. I began to realize that things were happening ‘for’ me and not ‘to’ me. That realization has been (looking back now) the backbone of every positive change I have made since.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 34

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 27

This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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We Have Been Conditioned

Did you ever take a moment to think about all the conditioning that makes up what you perceive to be your daily life? Every single thing you do, think, or say was — at some point in your life — fed to you by an outside source. Your concept of right and wrong, attitude, language, accent, sense of style — absolutely none of those things were created by you. They were experienced, filtered, and adapted into your existence.

 

Born Stupid

Even the things we call ‘instincts’ were conditioned into us by the world around us. You were not born knowing that the pan on the stove was hot. You touched it and found out. You did not know that a bullet could kill you. You saw someone die on tv and found out. You learned these things and then stayed away from them.

 

Change Up Your Routine

If you want to truly experience how deeply we are conditioned to follow the routines then try changing up something you do daily. Brush your teeth with your left hand instead of your right. Try eliminating a common word from your vocabulary for a day. This will sound crazy, but the thing that made me realize how blindly I was following the program was the day I tried to dry myself off differently than I usually do after taking a shower — completely messed me up!

 

Take Yourself Off Autopilot

It sounds ridiculous, but it is important to realize these things. I have been trying to be a better person for a while now. A good deal of that time was wasted because I was on autopilot. You cannot take a different route when you are on autopilot. It seems obvious to me now, but when I was cruising along I had no idea what I was doing so — and that is the point. I had to shake up the system. For me, it was something as banal as my morning shower. What will you change?

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 34

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 14

This entry is part 11 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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I Gave Up Anger

About a year and a half ago I gave up anger.

That might sound crazy, but it’s true. I made a conscious decision that I would not allow anger to control my life anymore.

 

Starting Small

I started by eliminating anger while I was driving. I used to engage in road rage like it was my job. Screaming, cursing, gesturing, tailgating—all day, every day. When I made the decision I started small. I would take short drives and consciously keep myself calm no matter what. If someone cut me off I took a deep breath. If they did not use a blinker I took another breath. If they were driving too slow I took several breaths. It took a couple of weeks, but eventually, I noticed that driving was almost a pleasant experience. After that, I started expanding the experiment into other facets of my life.

 

Forgiveness

I forgave every provocation, every slight, the moment it happened. I took stock of my day before I went to sleep and made sure I had settled every angry thought that passed through my mind that day. That is the trick to it. You cannot stop anger from happening. You can stop it from festering.

 

Dark Forces Aligning

The material world does not like to be ignored. You will find (as I did) that your resolve on this matter will be tested repeatedly—sometimes viciously. It seems an unwinnable war because you will never achieve a situation where everything goes your way and every person acts the way you would like them to. Every battle you win makes the next one easier though and eventually realize that—while you cannot control everyone and everything around you—controlling your environment by controlling yourself is much easier than you thought it could be.

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