How to Stop Arguing With REALITY!

Want to be less stressed? ๐Ÿ˜ต

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐‡๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Have less opinions about how the world “should” be.

Have less opinions about how others “should” act.

Have less opinions about how events “should” happen.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐€๐‹๐–๐€๐˜๐’ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Give yourself permission, and stop “should”-ing all over yourself.

Give yourself permission, and accept things as they are.

Give yourself permission, and start being more loving to yourself.

โค๏ธ ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ญ. โค๏ธ

Why Want and Need Are DIFFERENT!

We NEED food to live; we WANT specific foods we like to eat.ย ๐Ÿ•

We NEED shelter to survive; we WANT a house that’s big and spacious.ย ๐Ÿ 

We NEED connection with others; we WANT to connect with people we like.ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

When we take the time to separate the difference between these 2 in the mind, we allow a new perspective to enter our lives. We allow ourselves to see how much we do in fact have in our lives.ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

๐ŸŒŸย We understand the difference between what’s essential and what’s desirable, what’s a necessity and what’s unnecessary.ย ๐ŸŒŸ

It’s something you may need to remind yourself of from time to time. I know I definitely have!ย ๐Ÿ˜…

When we mistake our Needs and Wants for being the same thing, we suffer when our Wants aren’t met, because emotionally we are treating our Wants as if they are Needs.ย ๐Ÿ˜ญ

But when you discern the difference and your Want is not met, it’s so much easier for the mind to simply say: “Eh! I didn’t Need it anyhow!”ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Why the Sky is a REMINDER!

A couple days ago I was out on my morning run. As usual I woke up early, got my clothes on, put my earbuds in, and was off!ย ๐Ÿ’จ

But on this particular day I caught a glimpse of the morning sky, and I fell into a trance. Of course I had caught glimpses of the sky many times before, but today stood out.ย ๐Ÿ‘€

A thought crossed my mind: “When was the last time I actually looked up at the sky, I mean REALLY looked at the sky?”ย ๐Ÿค”

Have you ever taken a moment to just pause…and simply appreciate what is all around us?ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย “It’s just a sky, Donald! It’s everywhere! It’s nothing special!”ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

It’s not just about the sky.

๐ŸŒŽย It’s a reminder of the planet we all live on, the only planet human beings inhabit.

โ˜๏ธย It’s a reminder of the clouds, how they are ever-changing each and every day.

โ˜€๏ธย It’s a reminder of the sun, that without its light our whole civilization would perish.

๐ŸŒŒย It’s a reminder of our universe, that we live on but a mere speck of what is estimated to have billions of other galaxies besides our own.

There are so many things we take for granted each day which grant us the very gift of life.ย ๐ŸŽ

And THAT is what the sky reminded me of that day!ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

So whenever you feel you have a big problem in your life, or you simply want to be reminded of a greater perspective, I encourage you: look up. Because it’s always available to us!ย โค๏ธ

Why I CREATE Content! (PERSONAL)

โœ๏ธย WHY I CREATE CONTENT!!!ย โœ๏ธ

I’m very grateful when people tell me how much my content resonates with them: how it makes them think, how it makes them smile, how it inspires them, and how it gives them hope.ย โค๏ธ

Itโ€™s one of the reasons why I do it: itโ€™s for ALL of you, anyone who wants to see it!ย ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

If you are able to find value out of what I share, that is one of my many hopes. I hope every post, serious or silly, you can take something from it and take it wherever you go.ย ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

I hope you are able to sit with the ideas I share long after seeing the posts, allowing them to simmer in your mind.ย ๐Ÿ’บ

I hope someone, somewhere can see one of my posts and is able to say to themselves: โ€œI needed to see this today.โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

And that is just one of the many of the reasons why I do it. Another reason, I must confess, is 100% selfish! Yes, you heard me right: SELFISH! Me, me, me! A part of me posts content simply because I enjoy creating it and seeing the finished product!ย ๐Ÿ˜…

I write posts because I enjoy reading them back. I record silly videos because I enjoy laughing at myself on replay. If someone else enjoys my content, Iโ€™m really glad they do. But even when they donโ€™t, Iโ€™m happy with my creation regardless!ย โค๏ธ

The satisfaction I feel from making and finishing it is where my feelings of self-worth come from.ย ๐Ÿ‘

Creating content has become a hobby where the more Iโ€™ve continued to do it, the more I find myself losing track of time, the more I continue to swim in Oceans of Ideas. It is in these times my mind locks onto a set focus as ideas float around the focus.

Like a puzzle, I take each idea and see if it fits into what I wish to communicate through my content.ย ๐Ÿงฉย Now saying this to you all may sound a tad pretentious, but itโ€™s the best way I can describe my creative process.ย ๐Ÿ˜…

But thereโ€™s even ANOTHER reason why I post content! I have many legs holding up my Table of Content!ย ๐Ÿฆต

I also post content because of a bigger concern I see, one which is not just part of the social media fabric but our society as a whole. And in the spirit of the Entrepreneur archetype, Iโ€™ve spotted a problem and seek to provide answers and solutions.

What am Iโ€™m referring to?

๐Ÿ“Œย The excess of blame but a lack of understanding.

๐Ÿ“Œย The excess of style but a lack of substance.

๐Ÿ“Œย The excess of simplicity but a lack of complexity.

Let me clarify I’m not saying any of these are inherently bad. What I’m saying is when any of these are in excess, they definitely are detrimental.ย ๐Ÿ‘

Perhaps youโ€™d say these problems are way too broad for a single person like myself to take on. In fact, I very much agree with you. Iโ€™d love to eventually see this mission turn into a more collective effort.ย ๐ŸŒŽ

But someone also has to take the first step, and Iโ€™ve taken it upon myself to do that, to be a part of the change I wish to see.ย ๐Ÿ‘ค

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธย โ€œWhy does it matter to you, Donald?!โ€ย ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Because I see how we as humans are inclined to blame, label, and oversimplify things. I see how we can follow and listen to someone based on their physical beauty rather than on their character.ย ๐Ÿ˜”

And this goes for me too! I’m not immune to these inclinations either! It’s why I always keep working on them!ย ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Itโ€™s why itโ€™s so easy for us to generalize people than to seek to understand then; itโ€™s in our psychology. Our survival brains are hard-wired this way.ย ๐Ÿง And unfortunately, we can easily see the worst of those primal instincts laid out on social media.ย ๐Ÿ’ป

I can’t tell you the many times I’ve wanted to share something on my profile which surprised me, shocked me, and even frustrated me. I use to do so! It’s taken me a lot of self-discipline and restraint to consider every post I share.ย ๐Ÿ‘

So for any of us to see things in a different or more deeper way will require all of us to do one crucial thing!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

Do you know what that is? I want you think about that before you read the next paragraph.ย ๐Ÿค”ย What would you need to do in order for yourself to think twice before blaming and generalizing? Iโ€™ll give you a hint: I just gave you the answer in the last sentence.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐Ÿง ย It requires one to think!ย ๐Ÿง 

๐Ÿ’กย It requires us all to think twice before allowing our primal instincts to control our reactions.

๐Ÿ’กย It requires us to keep taking a step back to assess stressful situations before choosing our response.

๐Ÿ’กย It requires us to think twice about our behavior and if it’s something that serves ourselves and other people.

Alan Jacobs wrote in his fantastic book โ€œHow to Thinkโ€:

โ€œRelatively few people want to think. Thinking troubles us; thinking tires us. Thinking can force us out of familiar, comforting habits; thinking can complicate our lives; thinking can set us at odds, or at least complicate our relationships. Who needs thinking?โ€ย ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Itโ€™s part of the reason why my posts are lengthy. As I discussed in my previous post (http://bit.ly/2KU8F6X), the more Iโ€™ve continued to educate myself, the more I see a complex world, one which in the next couple of decades I see is going to become even more complex.ย ๐Ÿ‘

So I create content for these very reasons:

๐Ÿ™Œย Because I want to introduce you all to a deeper world.

๐Ÿ™Œย Because I want to show you the more you understand yourself, the better you will understand others.

๐Ÿ™Œย Because I want to show you how thinking doesnโ€™t have to be at all โ€œboringโ€.

๐Ÿ™Œย Because I want to show you how a life which is filled with purpose and meaning is a life worth living.

You may notice a pattern between all of these: you canโ€™t get any of these by focusing on the Surface Level of Life.ย โ›๏ธ

So yes, continue to expect posts which will challenge and make you think. I’ll also fit in a silly video once in a while for balance!ย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย But Iโ€™m still on an Learning Journey myself, so join me along for the ride!ย ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

I mean, I definitely could just be That Guy who posts a modeling photo with a basic motivational quote as the caption. But I choose not to. There’s enough of that already online, and I’m not here to be just some pretty face!ย ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

If I do share a photo (like the one for this post), you can bet thereโ€™s going to be more than just a quote in the captions!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stay tuned for more posts, and if thereโ€™s any topics youโ€™d like to see me talk or discuss about Iโ€™d love to hear your feedback! Much love everyone!ย โค๏ธ#TranscendLabels

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