Why Shoveling Is FUN!

😄 𝐒𝐇𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐈𝐒 𝐅𝐔𝐍!!! 😄

𝐈𝐟 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐱𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 đŠđžđšđ§đąđ§đ đŸđźđ„…𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ­đ­đžđ«. ❀

Last Sunday we had a blizzard in Chicago. As the inches piled up and the storm raged on, I decided to bundle myself up, step outside, and shovel the driveway. đŸŒšïž

But in doing so I could hear that little voice in my head which was saying:

🗣 “𝘋𝘖𝘕𝘈𝘓𝘋, 𝘛𝘏𝘐𝘚 𝘐𝘚 𝘗𝘖𝘐𝘕𝘛𝘓𝘌𝘚𝘚!” 🗣

To be fair, this voice had a point! Why? Because the townhouse association I live under already provides snow plowers to do everyone’s driveways! 😅

In other words, I had no reason to step outside my warm, cozy home and out into the freezing cold to perform a job which was already going to be done for me! đŸ€Ł

And yet…I did have a reason! đŸ˜Č

Have you ever done something you felt really proud of, yet in the eyes of others it could easily be seen as “𝘗𝘖𝘐𝘕𝘛𝘓𝘌𝘚𝘚”?

📌 You run a marathon…yet you NEVER need to run 26 miles in your life!

📌 You play a sport…yet you NEVER need to place yourself in harm’s way for bodily injuries!

📌 You learn a new skill…yet you NEVER need to learn one because you can always hire someone with the same skill!

Are we just masochists?! Do we just enjoy experiencing discomfort for the sake of it?! 😅

Not quite! 🛑

I doubt most people would say they do it primarily for the pain. I know I don’t! đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

𝐁𝐼𝐭 đ©đšđąđ§ 𝐱𝐬 đ©đšđ«đ­ 𝐹𝐟 𝐱𝐭! đƒđąđŹđœđšđŠđŸđšđ«đ­ 𝐱𝐬 đ©đšđ«đ­ 𝐹𝐟 𝐱𝐭!

When I stepped outside last Sunday, I knew what I was getting myself into!

đŸ„¶ I KNEW the snow would blanket my face!

đŸ„¶ I KNEW the cold air would leak under my gloves!

đŸ„¶ I KNEW I would be sweating from shoveling!

đŸ„¶ I KNEW my muscles would be aching!

And yet…I still enjoyed it!

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐱𝐭’𝐬 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđąđ§! 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŸđžđžđ„đąđ§đ đŹ đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 đČ𝐹𝐼 đšđŻđžđ«đœđšđŠđž đšđđŻđžđ«đŹđąđ­đČ! ✊

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐱𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đžđ±đ©đžđ«đąđžđ§đœđž 𝐹𝐟 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 đĄđšđ«đ, 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 đœđĄđšđ„đ„đžđ§đ đžđŹ đČ𝐹𝐼, 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐟𝐱𝐧𝐝 đŠđžđšđ§đąđ§đ đŸđźđ„, đ°đĄđžđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đŸđžđžđ„đąđ§đ đŹ đšđ«đž đ©đ«đšđđźđœđžđ! 🙌

In other words:

📍 You don’t run a marathon just to exhaust your muscles. You also do it to see what your body is capable of.

📍 You don’t play a sport just to risk bodily injuries. You also do it to see how you compete against other players.

📍 You don’t learn a skill just to learn it. You also do it to see what else your brain doesn’t know about the world.

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ§đ -đ­đžđ«đŠ 𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐄, 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŹđĄđšđ«đ­-đ­đžđ«đŠ 𝐏𝐀𝐈𝐍!

As I was shoveling, I got so much into the flow of doing it I even shoveled the sidewalks too!

Again, there were plows for that too, but I didn’t care! 😁

There’s an ancient Greek proverb which echoed in my mind as I kept shoveling: “𝘈 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘹𝘳𝘰𝘾𝘮 đ˜šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜” đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜°đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜žđ˜©đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘾 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜Žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­ đ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘯.” 🙌

And once everything was done, I got to fully feel the fruits of my labor! ❀

𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐔𝐃! đŸ’Ș

𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐏𝐋𝐈𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐃! 😎

𝐀 𝐉𝐎𝐁 𝐖𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐃𝐎𝐍𝐄! 💯

“𝐌𝐘 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐈𝐒 𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄𝐃!” đŸ—Ąïž

“𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐃𝐑𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐍 𝐇𝐀𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐒𝐋𝐀𝐘𝐄𝐃!” 🐉

If I can make a task as “mundane” as shoveling a meaningful experience, I have to ask: what are YOU capable of making meaningful in your life? ❀

What dragons can you create to slay? What missions can you accept to accomplish? What hero’s journey can you undertake in your own backyard? ⚔

Because when you don’t have any, I encourage you to create some! The Stoic philosopher Epictetus had a point âŹ‡ïž:

“đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜„đ˜° đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘬 đ˜Ș𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Š đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜„ 𝘣𝘩𝘩𝘯 𝘯𝘰 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯, đ˜©đ˜șđ˜„đ˜łđ˜ą, đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜š 𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘱𝘳 – đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘯𝘰 đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜·đ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Š đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„ 𝘰𝘧? đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜Łđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜€đ˜© đ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Ž? đŸ€”

đ˜–đ˜Łđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ș đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜łđ˜°đ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘹𝘰𝘯𝘩 đ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ź đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜±. 𝘚𝘰 𝘣đ˜ș 𝘮𝘯𝘰𝘳đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘭đ˜Ș𝘧𝘩 𝘱𝘾𝘱đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜čđ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜§đ˜°đ˜łđ˜” đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜žđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜„ đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜°đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘼đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”đ˜ș đ˜đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜€đ˜¶đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Ž.” 😔

And that’s why I shoveled! It had nothing to do with the plowers! It had everything to do with creating a meaningful life. 🙌

𝐈𝐟 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐜𝐹𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐱𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 đŠđžđšđ§đąđ§đ đŸđźđ„…𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ­đ­đžđ«. ❀

Make life fun, even when there’s no reason to! But just don’t forget that making it fun is YOUR responsibility! 😄

Your MOST Important Valentine!

❀ 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐄!!! ❀

What does today’s holiday mean to you?

💓 A day to share love with the people in your life?

💘 A day to spend time with that “special someone”?

💔 A day to remind you of the fact you’re still single?

𝐈𝐟 đČđšđźđ« đšđ§đŹđ°đžđ« 𝐱𝐬 #𝟑, 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ©đšđŹđ­ 𝐱𝐬 đžđŹđ©đžđœđąđšđ„đ„đČ đŸđšđ« đČ𝐹𝐼!

For all my single friends out there, me being single myself: no need to fret! 😁

What if I told you, me at age 29, I’ve NEVER been in a relationship?! đŸ˜±

“𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐒𝐏𝐇𝐄𝐌𝐘!!!”❌

Don’t get me wrong, I used to DESPERATELY want one myself! Back in high school, I was on ALL the dating sites and apps: Plenty of Fish, OkCupid, Tinder, etc. I had them ALL covered! 😅

đŸ—Łïž “đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜„ đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° 𝘣𝘩 đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜± 𝘮𝘰 đ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜„, đ˜‹đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜„?!” đŸ—Łïž

At the time I didn’t really know, nor did it ever cross my mind to really ask myself why. All I knew was I simply wanted to be in one! đŸ€·â€â™‚ïž

I wanted to find that “special someone” that would make me happier. 🙁

🌟 BUT THEREIN WAS THE PROBLEM! 🌟

𝐈 đĄđžđ„đ 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đžđ±đ©đžđœđ­đšđ­đąđšđ§ 𝐱𝐧 𝐩đČ 𝐩𝐱𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐹𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐈 𝐠𝐹𝐭 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐹 𝐚 đ«đžđ„đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹđĄđąđ© 𝐈 đ°đšđźđ„đ đŠđšđ đąđœđšđ„đ„đČ 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐞 đĄđšđ©đ©đąđžđ«.

❀ 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐄!!! ❀

Often we’re taught, especially through romantic stories, that if we’re in a relationship with that “special someone” the heavens will somehow magically open and all will live happily ever after. 😊

It’s quite a romantic way of looking at relationships…but as a teenager I didn’t understand that that was NOT reflective of reality! 😅

And I get why we keep believing this idea: We tend to only see the POSITIVE moments of a couple’s relationship, on display in our social lives and for all to see on social media. đŸ–Œïž

We typically don’t hear about the negative or challenging moments that happen in relationships. Who wants to hear that negativity, right?! 👍

𝐖𝐞’đ«đž đŠđšđ«đž đžđšđŹđąđ„đČ 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐱𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐬đČ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đžđšđ„đąđ­đČ. 𝐖𝐞’đ«đž đŠđšđ«đž đžđšđŹđąđ„đČ 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐱𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐯𝐱𝐬𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§. 𝐁𝐼𝐭 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đŠđšđ­đźđ«đąđ­đČ đČ𝐹𝐼 đ«đžđšđ„đąđłđž 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐱𝐭𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ­đ­đžđ« đ„đšđ­đ­đžđ« 𝐱𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đŠđšđ€đžđŹ đŸđšđ« 𝐚 đ„đšđ§đ -đ­đžđ«đŠ đ«đžđ„đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹđĄđąđ©. ❀

But I didn’t know all this as a teenager! So, as a naive teenager, WHY WOULDN’T I want to be in a relationship? They seemed to be nothing but smooth sailing! They looked like mindless fun! 😍

But it was around 4 years ago that I finally had this big change in perspective around relationships. I made the unanimous decision to UNINSTALL and DELETE ALL the dating apps I was on! đŸ˜Č

đŸ—Łïž “𝐖𝐚𝐱𝐭, 𝐰𝐡đČ?!” đŸ—Łïž

Of all the countless hours I had spent on those apps, I had finally become drained of my willingness to keep searching for that “special someone”. 😓

If I could take the ratio of time I spent browsing those apps to the amount of time I actually spent talking with someone, it would be like 500 to 1! 👎

❀ 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐄!!! ❀

Ultimately, my excessive searching was a time-waster! And the worst part of all: I kept making myself feel worse each time I logged off the apps when I had no luck. Each time I blamed MYSELF for it! đŸ˜„

⚠ 𝐈 đđžđŻđžđ„đšđ©đžđ 𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐱𝐭 đ°đĄđžđ«đž 𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐬 đźđ§đąđ§đ­đžđ§đ­đąđšđ§đšđ„đ„đČ đ«đžđąđ§đŸđšđ«đœđąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 𝐩đČđŹđžđ„đŸ: “𝐍𝐹 𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ„đ€ 𝐭𝐹 𝐩𝐞! 𝐈 đŸđžđžđ„ đ„đšđ§đžđ„đąđžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐈 𝐝𝐱𝐝 đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž!” ⚠

…And then holidays like Valentine’s Day came around every year. They would only FURTHER reinforce a cycle of self-pity that I wasn’t in a relationship. And it SUCKED! đŸ˜«

So, you may be asking: what was the “final straw” for me to make such a drastic change?

❀ 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐄!!! ❀

Since my teenage years, I’ve come to greater realizations about why I wanted to be in a relationship in the first place:

⚠ I thought being in a relationship was the answer to making me happy. But it wasn’t.

⚠ I thought by being in a relationship, I could seek recognition and validation from others. But I wouldn’t.

⚠ I thought that if I was in a relationship, it would fill the void of loneliness I felt inside myself. But it wouldn’t.

As awful as it sounds, 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐰 𝐚 đ«đžđ„đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹđĄđąđ© 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 đŸđšđ«đŠ 𝐹𝐟 đ©đ«đšđ©đžđ«đ­đČ, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§ 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐚 đ©đšđšđ« 𝐬𝐼𝐛𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐭𝐼𝐭𝐞 đŸđšđ« 𝐚 𝐭𝐹đČ 𝐈 𝐭𝐡𝐹𝐼𝐠𝐡𝐭 đ°đšđźđ„đ đŠđšđ€đž 𝐩𝐞 đŸđžđžđ„ đ›đžđ­đ­đžđ«.🧾

But people aren’t objects! And owning more objects won’t make you fulfilled in the long-term! 💯

🚹 𝐈 đ«đžđšđ„đąđłđžđ 𝐩đČ 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 đŸđšđ« 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 𝐱𝐧 𝐚 đ«đžđ„đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹđĄđąđ© đ°đžđ«đž đŸđšđ« đŠđšđ«đž 𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐅𝐈𝐒𝐇 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐅𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐒. 𝐌đČ 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐰𝐚𝐬 đ„đžđŹđŹ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 “𝐖𝐄” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 “𝐌𝐄”. 🚹

How many of us get into a relationship primarily for selfish reasons? I challenge you to seriously think about it! 💯

So, in sharing my story with you all, I hope you see a part of yourself in this. Sometimes what we’re actually looking for is not that “special someone” but actually something much closer to home. 🏠

❀ 𝐘𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐓 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐄…𝐈𝐒 𝐘𝐎𝐔!!! ❀

🌟 𝐃𝐹𝐧’𝐭 đŸđšđ«đ đžđ­ 𝐚 đ«đžđ„đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹđĄđąđ© 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ˜đšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŸ đŸđąđ«đŹđ­. 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐝𝐹 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞. 🌟

Again, for all my single friends out there: no need to fret!

❀ Relationships are not all sunshine and rainbows. We often don’t see what goes on behind-the-scenes, the ongoing commitment required from both people, or the negative moments which happen in them.

❀ Inner happiness and fulfillment has to come from YOU first. Fill your cup up first so then you can easily share it with a future lover. If you can’t love yourself first, you can’t expect it to come from someone else, because you’re going to be waiting forever.

❀ Self-love is one of the greatest gifts you can give. The only person you’re with 100% of your life…is Yourself! So learn to be comfortable in your own company.

❀ Today is an opportunity for you to change your perspective on how you see relationships. They are not a place you go to GET but a place you go to GIVE, and not being in one DOESN’T determine your self-worth.

Make today a day for you to give love in whatever way you know best! For me, writing this post to share with all of you is one of them! 😁

Please SHARE this post with anyone who needs to hear this today. Truly, you’re not alone! ❀

Why Our HUMANITY Matters!

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

I am someone who is gay
I rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

I am someone who is Hispanic
I rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

I am someone who is Liberal
I rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

I am someone who is Atheist
I (especially) rarely talk about it. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

Why do I rarely talk about these things? đŸ€”

Well
let’s take a step back. 👣

Say you were meeting me for the very first time, and the only information you were given about who I am were these labels: 📜

Male. Gay. Hispanic. Liberal. Atheist.

What kind of person comes to your mind that fits into each of these categories? đŸ€”

What comes to your mind when you think of a “Gay Male”? Flamboyant? Feminine? Limp wrists?

What comes to your mind when you think of an “Atheist?” Snobbish? Science-obsessed? Blasphemous?

Now
take these labels and apply them back to me. And compare these labels to how you đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș know me as a person. đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïž

Let me ask: do these labels easily fit into your general perception of me? 😅

Of Donald Arteaga? đŸ€·â€â™‚ïž

If your answer is “no”
THAT is the reason why!

🙌 𝐓𝐡𝐞 đ«đžđšđŹđšđ§ 𝐈 đ«đšđ«đžđ„đČ đđžđŹđœđ«đąđ›đž 𝐩đČđŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐱𝐧 đ­đžđ«đŠđŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐱𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐈 𝐱𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 đŸđšđ« đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠, đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŸđšđ«đžđŠđšđŹđ­, đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ. 🙌

I’d rather we all be judged, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, based upon the content of our character. đŸ‘€

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my sexual preference.

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my race.

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my political views.

👍 I don’t intend for you to judge me by virtue of my religious affiliation.

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

THIS is why I generally don’t provide this information to people upfront. I want you to get to know ME first, minus the preconceptions. 🙂

👀 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐈 đžđŠđ©đĄđšđŹđąđłđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐹 𝐈 𝐚𝐩, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐈 đžđ§đœđšđźđ«đšđ đž đČ𝐹𝐼 đšđ§đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐩𝐞 đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŸđąđ„đ­đžđ« 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ. 👀

The problem is these labels are only mere facets of who I am as a human being, just as I believe this to be the case for any other human being. 💎

I’ve held this ideal ever since I started my mission to Transcend Labels in 2018. ⏳

The ideal has always been for me to show through my example that people don’t have to be entrenched in their labels. 💯

The ideal has always been for me to show that my diagnosis of Autism is just a temporary explanation and not a final destination. 💯

The ideal has always been for me to show how limiting labels are as frameworks for understanding ourselves and other people. 💯

Consider the facts:

🙌 No one on this planet is 100% exactly the same.

🙌 No one thinks 100% exactly the same way.

🙌 No one has lived 100% exactly the same life as another person.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đąđ§đĄđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đąđ­đČ, đžđŻđžđ«đČ𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ­đžđ§đ­đąđšđ„ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐼𝐬 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đąđ§đĄđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đąđ­đČ, 𝐚 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§â€™đŹ đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ§đžđŻđžđ« 𝐝𝐹 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ±, 𝐼𝐧𝐱đȘ𝐼𝐞 đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„ đ„đšđČ𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐹𝐟 𝐼𝐬.

𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐹𝐟 đšđźđ« đąđ§đĄđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đąđ­đČ, 𝐚 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§â€™đŹ đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ 𝐜𝐚𝐧 đ§đžđŻđžđ« 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 đđžđ­đžđ«đŠđąđ§đšđ§đ­ 𝐹𝐟 𝐹𝐧𝐞’𝐬 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§đšđ„ đœđĄđšđ«đšđœđ­đžđ«.

As Ayishat Akanbi put it: “đ‘»đ’‰đ’† 𝒇𝒊𝒙𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒊𝒕𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒚.” The obsession with one’s labels become a self-fulfilling prophecy which leaves no room for change, let alone the possibility for personal growth. 🙌

For me, my mission to Transcend Labels is a life-affirming philosophy that says we are more than our pasts, more than our circumstances, and that we are capable of becoming more than the people we were yesterday. ✊

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

Perhaps as you read this, this sounds like common sense to you! 😅

But
things seemed to have changed. 🧐

Not with my mission; it remains the same. But I’m talking about within our society. đŸ‘„

More and more I continue reading about a growing ideology that:

đŸ˜± Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their labels, not for their individuality.

đŸ˜± Encourages people to see each other ONLY for their group identities, not for their common humanity.

đŸ˜± Encourages people to see each other ONLY through a zero-sum lens of either being Oppressors or being Oppressed.

đŸ˜± Encourages people to indulge in cognitive biases like mindreading, overgeneralizing, and black-and-white thinking.

This smorgasbord of an ideology has come to be more popularly known as: “being woke”.

(𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘱 đ˜™đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜”đ˜ą đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Š 𝘰𝘯 𝘞𝘰𝘬𝘩 đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜­đ˜°đ˜šđ˜ș, đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„ “𝘊đ˜ș𝘯đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮: 𝘏𝘰𝘾 đ˜ˆđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜šđ˜€đ˜©đ˜°đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜± đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜ˆđ˜Łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜™đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Š, đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș” 𝘣đ˜ș 𝘑𝘱𝘼𝘩𝘮 𝘓đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜ș & 𝘏𝘩𝘭𝘩𝘯 đ˜—đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜Źđ˜łđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Š.)

Simply put
the very ideals I’ve stood for the past few years are in direct opposition to this ideology. đŸ€·â€â™‚â€

So perhaps you can understand why a part of me is fascinated at how this ideology has reached such a wide audience, especially among the political Left, with little Critical (pun intended) examination. 😅

Perhaps you can understand my fascination reading about this ideology that argues the very ideals I stand for, the message I’ve promoted for years, can now be entirely summarized under labels like “white supremacy”, “white privilege”, “patriarchy”, “racist”, “microaggression”, and “hateful”. đŸ€š

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

But I get it. ❀

I understand in these current times A LOT of us are stressed out and worried. I understand it’s hard for anyone to think clearly, let alone rationally, when our minds are shrouded in weeds. 😖

𝐈 đźđ§đđžđ«đŹđ­đšđ§đ 𝐱𝐭’𝐬 đŻđžđ«đČ đĄđšđ«đ 𝐭𝐹 đ­đĄđąđ§đ€ 𝐱𝐧 𝐧𝐼𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝, đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ± 𝐰𝐚đČ𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐩𝐱𝐧𝐝𝐬 đ§đšđ­đźđ«đšđ„đ„đČ đœđ«đšđŻđž đŹđąđŠđ©đ„đąđœđąđ­đČ đđźđ«đąđ§đ  đŹđ­đ«đžđŹđŹđŸđźđ„ 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐬.

If I were to combine every negative event which has happened the past year, I can’t blame someone for not feeling comfortable with all this Uncertainty. 😹

As I saw 1 tweet put it: “𝐘𝐹𝐼 đšđ«đž 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž 𝐠𝐹 đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ đ°đąđ­đĄđđ«đšđ°đšđ„ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đžđŠđšđ­đąđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐱𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩đČ𝐭𝐡 𝐹𝐟 đœđžđ«đ­đšđąđ§đ­đČ.” ❀

So yes, I definitely understand that lots of people at this time will be desperate to find something which helps them get back to Certainty, back to some sense of clarity and normalcy, back to some sense of renewed purpose and meaning
even if that means embracing an over-simplistic, fringe ideology like this one. 🙌

And THIS is one of the main reasons why I’ve not spoken up about this topic personally. 𝐈’𝐩 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ„đšđšđ€đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž 𝐚 đœđĄđąđ„đâ€™đŹ đ›đ„đšđ§đ€đžđ­ 𝐚𝐰𝐚đČ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐡𝐱𝐩 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐞’𝐬 đŸđžđšđ«đŸđźđ„đ„đČ đœđ„đąđ§đ đąđ§đ  𝐹𝐧𝐭𝐹 𝐱𝐭 đŸđšđ« đđžđšđ« đ„đąđŸđž. 😭

At the moment, the child needs something, anything to stay calm and feel safe. 🛡

Don’t get me wrong, there are 100% real problems in our society that still need to be solved. I’m not here to pretend like everything is all fine and dandy. It’s not.

But we’re not going to solve them when we’re making the incorrect diagnoses, which in turn prescribe the wrong solutions. 👎

đ–đžâ€™đ«đž 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 đŹđšđ„đŻđž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ± đ©đ«đšđ›đ„đžđŠđŹ 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐬𝐹𝐜𝐱𝐞𝐭đČ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đšđŻđžđ«-đŹđąđŠđ©đ„đąđŹđ­đąđœ đ­đĄđąđ§đ€đąđ§đ  𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐱𝐬 đœđ«đžđšđ­đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩. 👎

But that part of the discussion will be saved for another post


My point is: THIS is not the way forward. ❌

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

đŸ€Ź â€œđ‘Ÿđ‘Źđ‘łđ‘ł 𝑮đ‘č. 𝑯𝑰𝑼𝑯-đ‘šđ‘”đ‘«-đ‘Žđ‘°đ‘źđ‘Żđ‘»đ’€ đ‘«đ‘¶đ‘”đ‘šđ‘łđ‘«, đ‘źđ‘¶đ‘» đ‘šđ‘”đ’€ đ‘©đ‘Źđ‘»đ‘»đ‘Źđ‘č đ‘°đ‘«đ‘Źđ‘šđ‘ș?!” đŸ€Ź

I believe I do! And it goes right back to what I was talking about earlier. 😊

🙌 We move forward by focusing on our common humanity.

🙌 We move forward by focusing on what we have in common.

🙌 We move forward by NOT assuming malicious intent of those who disagree with us.

🙌 We move forward by focusing on understanding and less on labeling.

𝐖𝐞 𝐃𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐔𝐒𝐄 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ°đžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ„đšđ›đžđ„đŹ đœđšđ«đ«đČ 𝐛đČ 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ.

𝐖𝐞 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐒𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐃 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đšđ°đžđ« đšđźđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§đšđ„ 𝐛𝐱𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đ«đžđŁđźđđąđœđžđŹ đœđšđ«đ«đČ 𝐛đČ 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ.

𝐖𝐞 𝐀𝐂𝐊𝐍𝐎𝐖𝐋𝐄𝐃𝐆𝐄 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐞 đ đžđ§đžđ«đšđ„đ„đČ 𝐬𝐞𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđšđ©đ„đžâ€Šđšđ§đ đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ 𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐒𝐄 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐹 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩 𝐬𝐱𝐠𝐧𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐹𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐱𝐭đČ.

For every time we do this, we’ll remind our survival brain who’s in charge of how we connect with others. 🧠

We’ll remind our survival brain how naïve the caricatures we create in our minds about mass groups of people are. 🧠

𝐈𝐟 𝐰𝐞 đ­đ«đźđ„đČ 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐹 đ©đ«đšđŠđšđ­đž đđąđŻđžđ«đŹđąđ­đČ 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ« 𝐬𝐹𝐜𝐱𝐞𝐭đČ, đ„đžđ­â€™đŹ 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đ§đžđ đ„đžđœđ­ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŻđžđ«đČ đđąđŻđžđ«đŹđąđ­đČ đ„đšđČ𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đžđŻđžđ«đČ 𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐼𝐬. 𝐑𝐱𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐹𝐰 𝐰𝐞’đ«đž đšđ§đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹𝐼𝐜𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đŹđźđ«đŸđšđœđž.

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆! ❀

Because what’s the alternative?

👎 A society which is OBSESSED with focusing on what makes us separate from each other.

👎 A society which DISCRIMINATES people based primarily upon their labels.

👎 A society which attempts to solve the problem of prejudice
with EVEN MORE PREJUDICE.

That doesn’t sound like a desirable outcome, does it? Sounds a bit backwards, right? It’s honestly quite IL-liberal! 😅

But
thankfully we don’t have to go down that route! We don’t have to become “woke”! 💯

I challenge you to come with me and take the road less traveled. It’s important to remember that just because something is popular in the moment doesn’t automatically mean it’s right. 👍

I challenge you to come with me and use what might be considered a more “radical” approach these days to connecting with others:

𝐓𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ«đŹ 𝐚𝐬 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đŸđąđ«đŹđ­ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đŸđšđ«đžđŠđšđŹđ­. 𝐓𝐹 đ­đ«đžđšđ­ đšđ­đĄđžđ«đŹ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ«đžđŹđ©đžđœđ­, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐱𝐭’𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞𝐧 đ›đšđœđ€. 𝐓𝐹 𝐜𝐹𝐩𝐩𝐼𝐧𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đœđąđŻđąđ„đąđ­đČ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đĄđźđŠđąđ„đąđ­đČ, 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đšđ­đĄđžđ« đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§ 𝐝𝐹𝐞𝐬𝐧’𝐭 đ«đžđœđąđ©đ«đšđœđšđ­đž. 𝐓𝐹 đ«đžđŠđžđŠđ›đžđ« 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đĄđźđ«đ­ đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž đĄđźđ«đ­ đ©đžđšđ©đ„đž, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐱𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐱𝐧𝐠 đŸđąđ«đž 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đŸđąđ«đž đšđ§đ„đČ đœđ«đžđšđ­đžđŹ đŠđšđ«đž đŸđąđ«đž. 𝐓𝐹 𝐠𝐱𝐯𝐞 đČđšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŸ đ©đžđ«đŠđąđŹđŹđąđšđ§ 𝐭𝐹 đ›đ«đžđšđ­đĄđž đđźđ«đąđ§đ  đŹđ­đ«đžđŹđŹđŸđźđ„ 𝐩𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬.

But if all this sounds too overwhelming, how about just this…?

đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐈’𝐩 𝐚 𝐡𝐼𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠. đŸ‘„

𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 đŹđ­đšđ«đ­ đ­đĄđžđ«đž. 🙂

𝐍𝐹 đŠđšđ«đž. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐹 đ„đžđŹđŹ. ❀

❀ 𝐈 𝐀𝐌 𝐀 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐀𝐍 𝐁𝐄𝐈𝐍𝐆, 𝐍𝐎𝐓 𝐀 𝐒𝐄𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋𝐒! ❀

SHARE this post with anyone who needs this reminder!

How Glasses POSSESS Us!

📖 𝐖𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐖𝐄 𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐕𝐄𝐒 📖

I’d like you to take a moment and read the following 2 Stories. They both revolve around the topic of Capitalism âŹ‡ïž:

đ’đ­đšđ«đČ #𝟏:

â€œđ˜–đ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż 𝘱 đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩, 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘭 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€. 𝘍𝘱𝘳𝘼𝘩𝘳𝘮 𝘳𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜łđ˜°đ˜±đ˜Ž, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜§đ˜”đ˜Žđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Š đ˜šđ˜°đ˜°đ˜„đ˜Ž 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘰𝘾𝘯 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„đ˜Ž. đŸŒœ

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż, đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘾𝘱𝘮 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Źđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Ž đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜źđ˜°đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Źđ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜đ˜Żđ˜„đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜°đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜°đ˜”. 🏭

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜źđ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 𝘮𝘬đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘩đ˜čđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜”đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜°đ˜€đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘹𝘱đ˜Ș𝘯𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘭𝘱𝘣𝘰𝘳. 😈

đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜§đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜Łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Ź 𝘣đ˜ș đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘰𝘯đ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹. 𝘐𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩𝘱𝘳𝘭đ˜ș 20đ˜”đ˜© đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș, 𝘱𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Łđ˜łđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘰𝘧 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜„, 𝘼𝘱𝘯đ˜ș đ˜šđ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Żđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘩𝘳𝘮 𝘮𝘰𝘼𝘩 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘼 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ž. đ˜‹đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜°đ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€ 𝘾𝘩𝘭𝘧𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘯. 🙌

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”-𝘾đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜€đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 𝘾𝘩𝘳𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘼𝘱𝘯đ˜ș đ˜€đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜°đ˜șđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜šđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘹đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜€đ˜°đ˜łđ˜±đ˜°đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘮 𝘧𝘳𝘩𝘩 𝘳𝘩đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘩đ˜čđ˜±đ˜­đ˜°đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜ąđ˜” 𝘾đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭. 𝘚𝘰, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜±đ˜°đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ł, đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜°đ˜€đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜ș đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘾𝘩𝘱𝘬𝘩𝘳, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜©đ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ł. đŸ”„

đ˜đ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜ș 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜°đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” 𝘱𝘹𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘹𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘱𝘭 đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜ł-đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜Șđ˜” đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜¶đ˜Ž…” đ‚đšđ©đąđ­đšđ„đąđŹđŠ 𝐱𝐬 đ„đ±đ©đ„đšđąđ­đšđ­đąđšđ§ 💯

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â€œđ˜–đ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜¶đ˜±đ˜°đ˜Ż 𝘱 đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩, đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș𝘰𝘯𝘩 𝘾𝘱𝘮 𝘱 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”, 𝘱 𝘮𝘩𝘳𝘧, 𝘰𝘳 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š. 𝘒đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜§đ˜Šđ˜¶đ˜„đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜­đ˜°đ˜łđ˜„đ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜°đ˜°đ˜Ź đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” 𝘰𝘧 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„, 𝘮𝘰 đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜Łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜ș đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜„ đ˜źđ˜¶đ˜€đ˜© 𝘳𝘩𝘱𝘮𝘰𝘯 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜„. 😞

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż, đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 17đ˜”đ˜© đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș, đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘾𝘱𝘮 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘩𝘹𝘱𝘯. 🌞

𝘐𝘯 đ˜Œđ˜Żđ˜šđ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„, đ˜đ˜°đ˜­đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘈𝘼𝘩𝘳đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ą, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜€đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ 𝘹đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜”đ˜ș 𝘳đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘱𝘾, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘧𝘳𝘩𝘩 đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Ż 𝘰𝘯 𝘱 𝘮𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜€đ˜© đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜”đ˜Ž. ❀

đ˜—đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° 𝘾𝘰𝘳𝘬 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜± đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜§đ˜łđ˜¶đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘭𝘱𝘣𝘰𝘳. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” 𝘯𝘩𝘾 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜€đ˜”đ˜Ž, đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜·đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Š 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 đ˜€đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜„đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Ż, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘣𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜§đ˜¶đ˜­ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž. 𝘍𝘳𝘩𝘩 đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 𝘩𝘯𝘱𝘣𝘭𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜”đ˜° đ˜„đ˜° đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮. đŸ’Ș

𝘐𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 20đ˜”đ˜© đ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜ș, 𝘮𝘰𝘼𝘩 đ˜€đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Łđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜°đ˜źđ˜źđ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜»đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜­đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Żđ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, 𝘱𝘭𝘾𝘱đ˜ș𝘮 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘮𝘱𝘼𝘩 đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜­đ˜”: đ˜Žđ˜©đ˜°đ˜łđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Ž 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜­đ˜¶đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜§đ˜°đ˜°đ˜„ đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜§đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜°đ˜ź. 👎

đ˜‰đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Ș𝘩𝘮 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Łđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼 đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Š 𝘹𝘳𝘰𝘾𝘯 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜Ž đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 𝘮đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘭𝘩 đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯. 💰

đ˜ đ˜Šđ˜” đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Șđ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜©đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜°đ˜łđ˜ș, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜§đ˜”-𝘾đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘩𝘹𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Ș𝘱𝘯𝘮 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜¶đ˜Żđ˜łđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ș đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜”đ˜łđ˜°đ˜­ 𝘰𝘧 𝘱 đ˜šđ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Żđ˜źđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜”, đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜Ș𝘳 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜°đ˜źđ˜Șđ˜€ đ˜§đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜„đ˜°đ˜ź. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩𝘹𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Ș𝘱𝘯𝘮 đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Żâ€™đ˜” đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜žđ˜°đ˜łđ˜­đ˜„ đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜© đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜žđ˜©đ˜° đ˜€đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Š 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜·đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜¶đ˜Š 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜°đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Ž đ˜šđ˜Šđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜«đ˜°đ˜ș 𝘼𝘰𝘳𝘩 đ˜žđ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜”đ˜© 𝘧𝘰𝘳 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Žđ˜Šđ˜­đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜Ž. đ˜›đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜șâ€™đ˜„ đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș𝘰𝘯𝘩 𝘣𝘩 𝘩đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ 𝘩đ˜Čđ˜¶đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜±đ˜°đ˜°đ˜ł. 😡

đ˜đ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘾 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜„đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜ș 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Ż đ˜”đ˜° đ˜«đ˜°đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘧đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜€đ˜” đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜±đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜Ș𝘮𝘼, đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° 𝘩đ˜čđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Ž 𝘣𝘭𝘩𝘮𝘮đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹𝘮 đ˜”đ˜° 𝘱𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 đ˜©đ˜¶đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜Źđ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜„.” đ‚đšđ©đąđ­đšđ„đąđŹđŠ 𝐱𝐬 đ‹đąđ›đžđ«đšđ­đąđšđ§ 💯

So
which Story is correct? #1 or #2? 📖

Depending on where you reside on the political spectrum, 1 of these Stories you’re far more likely to agree is accurate. ↔

But here’s the catch: đ‘»đ’‰đ’†đ’”đ’† 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 đ‘ș𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔. 📖

They are 2 different narratives, 2 different perspectives on the exact same thing: Capitalism. ↔

But to back up a moment, what exactly are Stories?

🌟 đ™Žđ™©đ™€đ™§đ™žđ™šđ™š 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙹đ™Șđ™—đ™Ÿđ™šđ™˜đ™©đ™žđ™«đ™š 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙱𝙚𝙹 𝙬𝙚 đ™Ș𝙹𝙚 đ™©đ™€ đ™šđ™­đ™„đ™Ąđ™–đ™žđ™Ł đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™€đ™—đ™Ÿđ™šđ™˜đ™©đ™žđ™«đ™š đ™§đ™šđ™–đ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź. 🌟

If this definition sounds too pretentious, think of Stories as like wearing pairs of glasses. 👓

đ–đĄđšđ­đžđŻđžđ« đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹ đČđšđźâ€™đ«đž đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  𝐱𝐬 𝐡𝐹𝐰 đČđšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đšđ«đ„đ, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đČđšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 𝐟𝐹𝐜𝐼𝐬 𝐹𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 đČđšđźâ€™đ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 đąđ§đŸđ„đźđžđ§đœđžđ 𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐹𝐰 đČ𝐹𝐼’đ«đž 𝐠𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐹 đŸđžđžđ„ 𝐹𝐧 𝐚 đđšđąđ„đČ 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐱𝐬.

👓 The person wearing an Optimistic lens will focus on seeing the best of things.

👓 The person wearing a Pessimistic lens will focus on seeing the worst of things.

👓 The person wearing a Realistic lens will focus on seeing things just as they are.

👓 The person wearing a Cynical lens will focus on distrusting the things they see.

Do you know a person who, even in the worst of situations, can always find a silver lining? 🙋‍♂‍

Or how about a person that, even in the best of situations, can always find something to complain about? 🙋‍♀‍

𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČâ€™đ«đž 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  đđąđŸđŸđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ.

đŸ—Łïž “DONALD, ENOUGH WITH THE ANALOGIES! WHAT’S YOUR POINT?” đŸ—Łïž

My point is it’s CRUCIAL we become aware of what glasses we’re currently wearing. 😅

Why? 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đ°đžđšđ« đđžđ­đžđ«đŠđąđ§đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đœđ«đžđšđ­đž. 📖

With that said, briefly re-read those 2 Stories of Capitalism again at the beginning of this post. âŹ†ïž

You can now take a guess as to the lens each author is wearing. 👓

To put it simply: 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐹𝐧’𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐘 đšđ«đž. 𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐖𝐄 đšđ«đž. đŸ‘€

𝐖𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠𝐬 đ­đĄđ«đšđźđ đĄ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞’𝐯𝐞 đœđ«đžđšđ­đžđ đšđ«đšđźđ§đ 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩. 📖

đŸ€Ź “THAT’S RIDICULOUS, DONALD! YOU’RE SAYING I ‘CHOOSE’ A CYNICAL LENS?! JUST LOOK AT HOW MESSED UP THE WORLD IS!” đŸ€Ź

To clarify, I’m NOT saying you’re “choosing” any of the lenses you’re currently wearing, at least not consciously. 😅

Often, we’ve adapted to these lenses over time through our environment: from our family, from the books we’ve read, from the media we’ve consumed, and from the opinions of friends we’ve surrounded ourselves with. 🌎

As Jim Rohn said: â€œđ˜ đ˜°đ˜¶ 𝘱𝘳𝘩 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜ąđ˜šđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 5 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜Žđ˜±đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜źđ˜°đ˜Žđ˜” đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘼𝘩 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜©.” đŸ‘„

Surround yourself with negative people, you’ll soon become one too. Surround yourself with hopeful people, you’ll soon have their hope rub off on you too. đŸ‘„

đ’đźđ«đ«đšđźđ§đ đČđšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŸ 𝐰𝐱𝐭𝐡 đšđ§đ„đČ 𝟏 đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹ, đČđšđźâ€™đ„đ„ 𝐬𝐹𝐹𝐧 𝐛𝐞 đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ„đžđ§đŹ 𝐚𝐬 đČđšđźđ« đźđ„đ­đąđŠđšđ­đž đ«đžđšđ„đąđ­đČ. 👓

After enough time, you’ll take this Story lens to be a Fact and not just a Story. đŸ˜Č

But herein lies the problem: đ—Šđ˜đ—Œđ—żđ—¶đ—Č𝘀 𝗼𝗿đ—Č 𝗡𝗱𝗧 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘁𝘀. ❌

𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 đšđ«đž 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 đ€đ§đšđ° 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 đšđ›đŁđžđœđ­đąđŻđžđ„đČ đ­đ«đźđž; đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ đšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đ°đžđšđ« đšđ«đšđźđ§đ 𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐹𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬. âšȘ

It’s the difference between saying a Fact about capitalism (“Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit”) versus saying a Story about capitalism (“Capitalism is exploitation”). ↔

Capitalism is not intrinsically “exploitation” nor “liberation”; these are just Stories lenses we’ve placed around them. 👓

𝙏𝙝𝙚 đ™„đ™§đ™€đ™—đ™Ąđ™šđ™ą 𝙞𝙹 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙚 đ™—đ™šđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™š đ™šđ™€ 𝙖𝙘𝙘đ™Șđ™šđ™©đ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™™ đ™©đ™€ 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 đ™Žđ™©đ™€đ™§đ™ź 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙹 𝒂𝒔 đ™đ™–đ™˜đ™©, 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙹 đ™—đ™šđ™˜đ™€đ™ąđ™šđ™š đ™šđ™€ đ™šđ™Łđ™©đ™§đ™šđ™Łđ™˜đ™đ™šđ™™ 𝙞𝙣𝙹𝙞𝙙𝙚 đ™€đ™Ș𝙧 𝙹𝙚𝙣𝙹𝙚 đ™€đ™› 𝙹𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙬𝙚 đ™˜đ™–đ™Łâ€™đ™© đ™›đ™–đ™©đ™đ™€đ™ą đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™žđ™—đ™žđ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź đ™€đ™› đ™€đ™©đ™đ™šđ™§ 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙹𝙚𝙹 đ™šđ™­đ™žđ™šđ™©đ™žđ™Łđ™œ. đŸ€Ż

𝙒𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙣 đ™Łđ™€ đ™Ąđ™€đ™Łđ™œđ™šđ™§ đ™›đ™–đ™©đ™đ™€đ™ą đ™©đ™đ™š đ™„đ™€đ™šđ™šđ™žđ™—đ™žđ™Ąđ™žđ™©đ™ź 𝙬𝙚’𝙧𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙜𝙡𝙖𝙹𝙹𝙚𝙹. 😔

When we’re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time separating the Facts from the Stories about the Facts. When we’re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time being able to truly understand other people’s points of view. 🙌

In turn, our empathy becomes replaced more and more with egotistical self-righteousness and moral grandstanding. đŸ„‡

So
how do we solve this problem? đŸ€”

𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐟đČ 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞’đ«đž đœđźđ«đ«đžđ§đ­đ„đČ đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ . 🔎

Here’s a list of just a few of the Stories currently circulating in our culture. 📖

I must warn you: some of the Stories I list here you may wholeheartedly embrace, and the fact I’m listing them here may make you feel like I’m trivializing or invalidating you or other peoples’ personal experiences. 👎

I can assure you that is not at all my intention here. So, please be aware of this just in case your emotional defenses jump up in protest. ❀

📖 â€œđ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜ˆđ˜­đ˜”-𝘙đ˜Șđ˜šđ˜©đ˜” đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜Ž đ˜”đ˜ąđ˜Źđ˜Šđ˜Ż đ˜°đ˜·đ˜Šđ˜ł đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜Šđ˜±đ˜¶đ˜Łđ˜­đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜Ż đ˜—đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜”đ˜ș!”

📖 â€œđ˜›đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜™đ˜ąđ˜„đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜“đ˜Šđ˜§đ˜” đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜€đ˜©đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜Ž!”

📖 “𝘞𝘩 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜±đ˜ąđ˜”đ˜łđ˜Șđ˜ąđ˜łđ˜€đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Șđ˜šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ đ˜”đ˜° đ˜°đ˜±đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Ž 𝘾𝘰𝘼𝘩𝘯!”

📖 “𝘍𝘩𝘼đ˜Ș𝘯đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž đ˜žđ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜” đ˜”đ˜° đ˜”đ˜¶đ˜łđ˜Ż 𝘼𝘩𝘯 đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜”đ˜° 𝘾𝘰𝘼𝘩𝘯!”

📖 â€œđ˜–đ˜¶đ˜ł đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜ąđ˜­đ˜”đ˜©đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘱 𝘮đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Ź-đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜ź đ˜„đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Șđ˜šđ˜Żđ˜Šđ˜„ 𝘰𝘯𝘭đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜° 𝘼𝘱𝘬𝘩 đ˜±đ˜łđ˜°đ˜§đ˜Șđ˜”!”

📖 “𝘞𝘩 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜” đ˜Ș𝘮 𝘮đ˜șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜źđ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜¶đ˜”đ˜Ș𝘰𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘭đ˜ș đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”!”

📖 “𝘞𝘩 𝘭đ˜Șđ˜·đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘯 𝘱 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜”đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜”’𝘮 đ˜§đ˜°đ˜łđ˜šđ˜°đ˜”đ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ż 𝘧𝘱𝘼đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜ș đ˜·đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜¶đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜ąđ˜Żđ˜„ đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜Žđ˜°đ˜Żđ˜ąđ˜­ đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜±đ˜°đ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜Ș𝘣đ˜Ș𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜ș!”

📖 “𝘉đ˜Ș𝘹 đ˜—đ˜©đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜źđ˜ą đ˜„đ˜°đ˜Šđ˜Žđ˜Żâ€™đ˜” đ˜€đ˜ąđ˜łđ˜Š đ˜ąđ˜Łđ˜°đ˜¶đ˜” đ˜©đ˜Šđ˜­đ˜±đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 đ˜±đ˜Šđ˜°đ˜±đ˜­đ˜Š!”

📖 “đ˜šđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜łđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”!”

📖 “𝘉đ˜Ș𝘭𝘭 đ˜Žđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Šđ˜Ž đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Šđ˜·đ˜Ș𝘭!”

📖 “𝘚đ˜Șđ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜·đ˜Șđ˜°đ˜­đ˜Šđ˜Żđ˜€đ˜Š!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 𝘩𝘭đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š 𝘎𝘭𝘰𝘣𝘱𝘭đ˜Șđ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Ž!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜”đ˜©đ˜Š 1%!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜žđ˜©đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜Š đ˜Žđ˜¶đ˜±đ˜łđ˜Šđ˜źđ˜ąđ˜€đ˜ș!”

📖 â€œđ˜Œđ˜·đ˜Šđ˜łđ˜șđ˜”đ˜©đ˜Ș𝘯𝘹 𝘾𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘹 đ˜Ș𝘯 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Șđ˜Šđ˜”đ˜ș đ˜Ș𝘮 đ˜Łđ˜Šđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜Š 𝘰𝘧 đ˜Žđ˜°đ˜€đ˜Ș𝘱𝘭 đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜Š 𝘾𝘱𝘳𝘳đ˜Ș𝘰𝘳𝘮!”

📖 “𝘐𝘧 đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶ đ˜„đ˜Ș𝘮𝘱𝘹𝘳𝘩𝘩 𝘾đ˜Șđ˜”đ˜© 𝘼𝘩, đ˜șđ˜°đ˜¶’𝘳𝘩 đ˜ąđ˜¶đ˜”đ˜°đ˜źđ˜ąđ˜”đ˜Șđ˜€đ˜ąđ˜­đ˜­đ˜ș 𝘱𝘹𝘱đ˜Șđ˜Żđ˜Žđ˜” 𝘼𝘩!”

See some Stories you recognize? đŸ™‹â€â™‚ïžđŸ™‹

By sharing this list, I’m NOT here to say which Story lens has more validity to them. I’m also NOT here to say each Stories lens is equally accurate or equally useful. They’re not, and it’s why we need Facts. 👍

But that’s NOT what this post is about. 💯

𝐓𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ©đšđŹđ­ 𝐱𝐬 đŹđąđŠđ©đ„đČ 𝐭𝐹 đžđŠđ©đĄđšđŹđąđłđž 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ’đ­đšđ«đąđžđŹ 𝐰𝐞 đ­đžđ„đ„ đšđźđ«đŹđžđ„đŻđžđŹ, đ«đžđ đšđ«đđ„đžđŹđŹ 𝐹𝐟 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ­đ«đźđ­đĄ, đ˜„đ—¶đ—čđ—č đ— đ—”đ—Šđ—Šđ—œđ—©đ—˜đ—Ÿđ—Ź đ—±đ—¶đ—°đ˜đ—źđ˜đ—Č đ—”đ—Œđ˜„ 𝘄đ—Č 𝘀đ—Čđ—Č đ˜đ—”đ—Č đ˜„đ—Œđ—żđ—čđ—±.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all men are sexist, misogynist pigs, you’re going to have a very hard time seeing any man in a positive light.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all police officers are racist, sadistic authority figures, you’ll assume every police altercation that includes people of different races to automatically be about racism.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all protesters are rioting, anarchic looters, you’ll assume every property destroyed during a protest to automatically be the cause of protesters.

👀 If you wear a Story lens that all white people are racists, you’re going to see racism in every interaction with a white person, regardless if it’s there or not.

A perfect phrase to summarize this: â€œđ’đžđžđ€ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đČ𝐹𝐼 đŹđĄđšđ„đ„ 𝐟𝐱𝐧𝐝.” 🔎

But…wouldn’t YOU rather decide what it is that you’re going to seek? Wouldn’t YOU rather decide how you’re going to see the world? Wouldn’t YOU rather decide what glasses you’re going to wear instead of having someone else force you to wear theirs? 💯

It’s time to take back control, don’t you think? đŸ’Ș

🙌 𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐱𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐱𝐟đČ 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ đ°đžâ€™đ«đž đœđźđ«đ«đžđ§đ­đ„đČ đ°đžđšđ«đąđ§đ .

🙌 𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 đȘ𝐼𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐡𝐹𝐰 đšđźđ« đ’đ­đšđ«đČ đ„đžđ§đŹđžđŹ đđąđŹđ­đšđ«đ­ 𝐡𝐹𝐰 𝐰𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đšđ«đ„đ.

🙌 𝐖𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐹 𝐛𝐞 đ°đąđ„đ„đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 đ­đ«đČ 𝐹𝐧 𝐧𝐞𝐰 đ©đšđąđ«đŹ 𝐹𝐟 đ đ„đšđŹđŹđžđŹ.

đŸ—Łïž “DONALD! WHY SHOULD I DO THIS WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS?!” đŸ—Łïž

Because you’re not doing this for others.

😊 đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐏𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐭𝐹 đ­đšđ€đž 𝐹𝐟𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ đ„đšđŹđŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 đšđ«đž đ©đšđŹđŹđžđŹđŹđąđ§đ  đČ𝐹𝐼.

😊 đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐃𝐎𝐌 𝐭𝐹 𝐜𝐡𝐹𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ đ„đšđŹđŹđžđŹ 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 đŹđžđ«đŻđž đČ𝐹𝐼.

😊 đ˜đšđźâ€™đ«đž 𝐝𝐹𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐱𝐭 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐑𝐎𝐋 đšđŻđžđ« đČđšđźđ« đ„đąđŸđž, 𝐬𝐹 đČ𝐹𝐼 𝐧𝐹 đ„đšđ§đ đžđ« 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐹 đŸđžđžđ„ đ„đąđ€đž 𝐚 𝐯𝐱𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐩 𝐹𝐟 đœđąđ«đœđźđŠđŹđ­đšđ§đœđž 𝐛𝐼𝐭 𝐱𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐚 đœđ«đžđšđ­đšđ« 𝐹𝐟 đČđšđźđ« 𝐬𝐼𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬.

Because the alternative is to fall back asleep, to allow yourself to forget you’re wearing glasses, and to return to a place where you’ll continue experiencing needless suffering. 😱

After all, in this place your Stories are in control of you. 😔

So
staying awake sounds like a better option, doesn’t it? 😅

You got this! And before you know it, you’ll be looking back on the old Stories you use to carry, looking back on those 2 Stories of Capitalism, and you’ll truly understand when I say to you: “These are đ˜«đ˜¶đ˜Žđ˜” Stories!” 🙌

📖 𝐖𝐄 𝐀𝐑𝐄 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐖𝐄 𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐎𝐔𝐑𝐒𝐄𝐋𝐕𝐄𝐒 📖

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(2 Stories of Capitalism credited to Jonathan Haidt)