There is so much more to living in this world than we let ourselves experience. Why? Because we build constructs about the way we think the world is (whether it is or not), then we live those out, even in the face of compelling contradictions. Let me provide an example. I was in a checkout line and the fellow ahead of me was purchasing several cans of air freshener,. He had a coupon for them. An exchange took place with the cashier about the coupon, most of which I wasn’t paying attention to. Finally, the cashier said that will be $5.03. The fellow handed the cashier a $5.00 bill and then said, “Because I live a penny existence, I know I have 3 pennies in my pocket.”
That fellow’s belief that he lives a penny existence is a construct he created about the world. Maybe he learned that from his parents. Who knows where the construct came from. But I feel confident that every day he says some version of “I live a penny existence” to himself or to others. Despite this construct, he most likely expects life to be more abundant but can’t figure out why that isn’t happening. And there is the contradiction.
Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Are you doing the same thing day-in and day-out yet expecting different results? Do you expect abundance but live a penny existence? As Lama Surya Das observed in Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Personal Spiritual Life, “We insist on doing things our own way, even if that way has already failed dozens of times.” Or better yet, as Sandra Anne Taylor commented in Quantum Success, “If you change nothing, nothing will change.”
Because many of us tend to live the unexamined life, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. We don't look behind the curtain to see the constructs running our lives. If we don’t long for or look for the deeper conversation we can have with our best self, we are cheating the world of our talents and ourselves of our own glory. If we want better or different, then Larry Winget’s principles from People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It offer a path out of our own misery:
· Your life is your own damn fault.
· Take responsibility for it.
· Learn what you need to do to fix it.
· Take action on what you’ve learned.
· Enjoy the results.
Busy enjoying the results and being a champion!