The Answers Are Within

I accidentally posted this on my other blog yesterday.  So, if you are subscribed to both, you may see it twice.

Sometimes, I get really worked up and worried, and I have to sit myself down, and talk some sense into me (Mostly because no one else will):

“Oh self,” I say, “Oh if only I could be like this person, or that person.”

You don’t need to be like them.  Just be yourself.  There is nothing wrong with that.

“But they have it so easy!”

You don’t know that.  You only know the ease or difficulty of your 0wn life.

“Okay, I guess.  But what am I even doing here?  I need some direction.  I need someone to show me the path.  How do I know if I’m doing whats right?”

The answers are inside of you.  Everything that you seek without and fail to find, is hidden within.  You know what is right, you know what you should be doing, and you do not need the approval or acceptance of anyone else.

“But what if I screw up?  What if I fail?  What if I change my mind?”

Making your own decisions, good or bad, right or wrong, and facing the consequences, is the only way to grow.  It is the only way to find out who you are.  Without failure, and without change, there is no growth, there is no life.

But I’m scared”

That’s okay.  Its part of being human.  acknowledge the fear, and release it.  Then go on doing what you know is right.

I really don’t think I can do this, but I guess I’ll keep trying.”

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”  ~Lao tzu

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~Buddha

“Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without; for much knowledge is a curse.” ~Zhuangzi

Are We Developing Information Indigestion?

Isn’t the internet wonderful?  Instant access to unlimited knowledge and entertainment.  It really makes me wonder what our ancestors did.  How did they remember their friends’ birthdays?  How did they decide which refrigerator to purchase?  How did they uncover the mysteries of the universe?  and, perhaps most importantly, where did they go to see cats? 

We may never know the answer to these questions.  However, I begin to wonder, –as I jump from video to video, and article to article, learning about biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, and countless other topics– Are there any side affects to having anytime-access to the “All you can absorb” Internet Information Buffet?  Could we be over eating, and taking in more than our brains can properly digest? 

The clincher is that, none of these articles or videos really seem to satisfy.  We are left wanting more and more.  A question on a blog post leads to a YouTube video, which leads to a playlist, which leads further down the rabbit hole until we are nearly beyond hope of finding a way out.  And for all the trouble, is any of this information really helping us?  How much of it do we apply to our everyday lives, and how much will we even recall in a year’s time?

So, for now, I think I will take it easy on the blog posts, videos, and social media.  Maybe spend some time outside.  Or work on my to-do list.