Tough Times Can Lead To Healthier Perspectives
" In hatred as in love, we grow like the thing we brood upon. What we loathe, we graft into our very soul."
This quote has important meaning and lessons for all of us in today's tough economy. Ever notice that the greatest economic downturn was called "the great depression"? Is there any similarity between our mental/emotional state and our environmental/economic conditions? The answer is yes - absolutely.
Our THOUGHTS create our ACTIONS and then our ACTIONS reinforce our thoughts, hence the definition of insanity: "Doing the same thing the same way over and over again and expecting a different result". When we are in good mental health, we have perspective and are able to see ourselves and our interaction with other people and our environment. When we are in poor mental health, we lose perspective and believe that everything is all about us. Madoff lost all perspective. He thought everything was all about him. How many more people do you know who think life is all about them?
There are many myths being corrected due to the current economic realities. Myths like: Money can buy happiness, Bigger is Better and Busy & More is Better. These current times are forcing us to confront ourselves and go back to the basics: food, shelter, safety, love, caring, sharing and true perspective. They are forcing us to reevaluate who we are - I am not my job, my house or my zip code. Simplify, get to know
yourself, your spouse and your kids; it is a great time to gain a healthy and balanced perspective on life.
Until next time,