Reflections on Reality: A Christmas Gift…
For many people, reality is a nebulous term. It’s sometimes difficult to grasp and not without contradictory signals. “Is what I’m seeing real or am I imagining things?” is not a seldom-asked question. Many seemingly ramble not paying attention to the reality that surrounds them. Walk down any street and you’ll see what I mean. But because one might live a life oblivious to what is real, does not mean that what is real doesn’t exist. Governments can make all the laws in the world to say otherwise, but reality will always remain reality.
It’s that time of year again. Another Christmas rapidly approaches as we wander to and fro in preparation for the holidays. Hurriedly, we do what has to be done as another year draws down. We buy gifts; we attend parties and we travel. It’s a hectic time, but it’s also a time of reflection. And perhaps there’s no greater Christmas gift than the ability to reflect on the reality that was, that is, and that will be.
There is a natural force in the world that adheres to the laws of nature. It’s the way of the universe and it demands respect. To not heed its due is a risky proposition and we do so at our own peril, and our own sanity. Deny it and we face the consequences of mayhem, frustration and never-ending bitterness, anger and fear. Accept it, and although at times it may be difficult to fathom, life will inevitably flow with peace, harmony and love. For the true essence of life is to work within the parameters of nature, not against them. Lest we desire a miserable existence from start to finish.
American investor and philanthropist Ray Dalio (1949-Present) profoundly stated that “Every time you confront something painful, you are at a potentially important juncture in your life – you have the opportunity to choose healthy and painful truth or unhealthy but comfortable delusion. The irony is that if you choose the healthy route, the pain will soon turn to pleasure.”
What could be more poignant than this? Facing reality yields life, while denying it contravenes it. Why would anyone ever willingly choose a path of denial? Possibly part of the answer lies within change because we humans abhor it, fear it, and hate the thought of it. Besides, there is comfort in the known and fear in the unknown (see The Road to Sacramento, The Road to Change…). We would rather lead a ‘known’ miserable existence, than lead an ‘unknown’ happy one. Such is the fear embedded in the human psyche!
This Christmas season sit back, enjoy a glass of red or white, and reflect on the reality that was, that is, and that will be. Do we see it for what it is? Are we truthful to ourselves? Honesty is always the best policy and like charity, it starts at home. Give yourself the greatest gift of all, namely the gift of reality. The world expects nothing less…
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays with Best Wishes for a fantastic and real 2019!
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