Have you seen the world today?
It’s full on, isn’t it? If you choose, you can stay active 24/7. The world never seems to stop, it never sleeps. I can still remember what it was like when things, information, answers, weren’t available immediately but today (almost) everything is. Younger generations don’t even know what it’s like to not have a mobile device or access to internet wherever and whenever you want. They don’t know what it’s like without the internet AT ALL. And if you do, you’re probably “a dinosaur” but they might have to Google it to see what one looked like!
Our mobile devices are our lifelines to the world. Our needs today are often met in an instant. Nothing is still. Our reality is no longer limited to this town, this city, this country or even this part of the world. We see others and they see us. Everything and everyone seem to be accessible. Whatever we do, we try to do it better, faster and smarter.
These are just the facts. Neutral unless you have an opinion…
At a quick scan we don’t look great. How can you effectively navigate through this reality today? It’s challenging.
I think I’m pretty good at this “new normal”. I accepted it, I appreciate it, I can embrace it and make it work for me.
For many however it’s too much. I hear people around me still struggling to understand. I think we all accept it to a degree but not everyone understands. What happened with the world? Why so fast? Where are we going? What for?
Generations don’t share the same values. We are future focused and going somewhere but almost empty handed, because we don’t want to take any of the learnings and traditional values with us. We are very different and there would be nothing wrong about it, if we weren’t so acutely aware of these differences. We even use them to emphasise how far apart we can be sometimes. And even though the physical distance between people is no longer a barrier, it seems as if one human has never been further away from another.
Yes, at a quick scan we can look lost. We don’t seem to know how to connect or at least we wish there was an easy “how to instruction”. There isn’t. Only in the past few weeks I heard a number of worried voices asking questions that don’t seem to have quick answers. Somewhat one – dimensional: “How do you bring up a happy child in this reality?”, “It must be very hard to be a teenager these days and how can any adults in their lives offer any guidance?”, “I’m so happy I’m a pensioner. I don’t understand this modern technology and thank God I don’t have to.”
And I’m here to disagree.
So let’s look closer at the reality today to identify all truth. Indeed a quick scan can make our reality look overwhelming but it deserves a closer look, don’t you think?
Yes, it’s very challenging or at least the challenges we face are very different from what our grandparents experienced. However different doesn’t mean worse. Just different. And when we look at what’s below the surface, we are up for a surprise.
There has never been a better time to be alive. We want to enjoy this life more and I believe we all can. We can replace resistance with openness and uncertainty with curiosity. We’re not saying take it all, we’re saying take what works for you and make the most of it. This world no longer has to look the same for all. Each and every one of us can shape it, design it and enjoy it our own way.
From amazing job opportunities, access to the latest knowledge and thinking to the best and the most experienced experts in any field. From an open and accessible to any business global market to finding friends or life partners on the other side of the globe. It’s all there, almost without any limitations.
Dig deeper. Your reality is full of surprises. Give yourself permission to be astonished and amazed. Make room for child-like discoveries. You don’t have to be sure. All you have to do is become passionately curious. Search. Explore all possible options and find the best opportunities. There has never been so many possibilities available to you, so many different ways and paths. Pause sometimes and take a good look around. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s too hard, too scary and too much to grasp. Don’t settle for what’s visible only on the surface, because meaningful success and fulfillment lie below. Enjoy life more, enjoy today with all its challenges to overcome but with all satisfaction and amazing success waiting along the way.
(Almost) everything can be done. Impossible these days just takes a bit more time and, as Byron Katie would say, I invite you not to believe me. Go and test it for yourself. Take what’s best for you and make it work… enjoy today!
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