Sometimes we “try” to do, think or be a certain way.
Its been said that you can do anything you think you can do. I will take issue with that in a minute but let it be said that I do believe that you can do anything you set your mind to do if it doesn’t violate physics. Now I’m not implying that you can not fly or that you can’t slow down light or move a mountain if you choose and have the materials and money and etc…. to do it. On top of that, what we “know” as being physics may not be all there is to it. No-one has all the answers. Not you. Not me. Not even Steven Hawking (Quantum Physics Expert) though he may come close. Actually, when he has found all the answers a new question will arise to throw it all out of sorts, right?
So what exactly do I mean?
This really has to do with how we think. Not just from an intellectual frame of mind but rather at the very base level of our being. What we think about when we are conscious is not really all that is going on is it? If it were, why would we “react” the way we do? Things that have happened long ago in our own experiences effect how we think and what we do. It is a subconscious issue. Childhood experiences, relationships, and outside influences have all placed their mark on our lives to the extent that we react rather than respond. Even attempting to combat this by intentionally thinking consciously about our actions and reactions to each individual event in our lives often fails miserably. Not because we are not capable of making the proper choices but rather because we have been programed as it were over the course of our life.
This is the difference between conscious and unconscious doing. Conscious doing requires conscious thought. The resultant action may or may not be completely conscious. You may be able to control what you do but it is a far different thing concerning how you feel about what you are doing. You can choose to smile through a situation that inside is causing you great anguish. The unconscious doing is that your stomach is churning, your blood pressure is rising, hateful thoughts come into play, you may start to perspire or get sick to your stomach, your head may ache, there is that common fight or flight feeling that has to be dealt with at that moment, and a variety of other uncomfortable and very uncontrollable issues could come into play. You have chosen to act against what you truly feel and believe deep within yourself.
Changing how you think takes a great deal of work. It can be done but it is NEVER easy and it is a “one step at a time” tedious task to say the least. Life changing experiences can help make changes. Maturity often causes changes where a response becomes dictatorial over a reaction.
Experience is a good teacher so long as the student is willing to learn. Ah yes… That willing to learn portion. Difficult isn’t it?
Def: Insanity – doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. (I know this is only one definition)
So many times I have seen this in others. It is much more difficult to see your own faults. Yes… I’ve done this too. At least till I got tired of it. You too I’m sure. Still, as we grow older we start to figure out at least some of the things we have been doing wrong all along. Learning from mistakes is what it takes to gain wisdom. Show me a wise man and I will show you a man that has made many mistakes. (and learned from them)
Life exists to a large extent through unconscious doing. Conscious doing is what generates advancement via learning.
Be a human-being. Not a human-doing.
Be, be, be the ball. 🙂
But I digress.
Have a great day.