Why Activism’s a Blessing (and a CURSE)!

๐Ÿšจ PRO vs. ANTI ๐Ÿšจ

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN be a Democrat and not be Anti-Republican.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN be a Capitalist and not be Anti-Communist.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN be a Vegetarian and not be Anti-Carnivore.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN be a Businessperson and not be Anti-Government.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN be an Atheist and not be Anti-Religion.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN be a Feminist and not be Anti-Men.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Black Lives Matter and not be Anti-Police.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Economic Growth and not be Anti-Environment.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support MeToo and not be Anti-Skeptical.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Justice and not be Anti-Civil.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Local Businesses and not be Anti-Corporations.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Spirituality and not be Anti-Science.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Ending Racism and not be Anti-White.

๐Ÿ‘ You CAN support Eating Healthy and not be Anti-Junk Food.

It doesn’t have to be one OR the other. ๐Ÿ™‚

I support activism, AND I caution activism that’s without any critical thinking and self-criticism. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐–๐ž ๐‚๐€๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐š ๐›๐ซ๐ข๐๐ ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž’๐ฌ. ๐ŸŒ‰

Support the causes you believe in. Be a part of the change you wish to see. Set the example for others to follow. ๐Ÿ™Œ

Just be sure to keep an eye out when your focus has shifted from being more Pro to more Anti. ๐Ÿ‘€

๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ซ๐จ โค๏ธ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐€๐ง๐ญ๐ข ๐Ÿคฌ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐๐ฎ๐œ๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฌ.

Your MOST Important Valentine!

โค๏ธ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐•๐€๐‹๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐๐„!!! โค๏ธ

What does today’s holiday mean to you?

๐Ÿ’“ A day to share love with the people in your life?

๐Ÿ’˜ A day to spend time with that “special someone”?

๐Ÿ’” A day to remind you of the fact you’re still single?

๐ˆ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ #๐Ÿ‘, ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ!

For all my single friends out there, me being single myself: no need to fret! ๐Ÿ˜

What if I told you, me at age 29, I’ve NEVER been in a relationship?! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

“๐๐‹๐€๐’๐๐‡๐„๐Œ๐˜!!!”โŒ

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! ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ “๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ, ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ?!” ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

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! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I wanted to find that “special someone” that would make me happier. ๐Ÿ™

๐ŸŒŸ BUT THEREIN WAS THE PROBLEM! ๐ŸŒŸ

๐ˆ ๐ก๐ž๐ฅ๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ซ.

โค๏ธ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐•๐€๐‹๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐๐„!!! โค๏ธ

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. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜…

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. ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

We typically don’t hear about the negative or challenging moments that happen in relationships. Who wants to hear that negativity, right?! ๐Ÿ‘

๐–๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐–๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ -๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž. โค๏ธ

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! ๐Ÿ˜

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! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ “๐–๐š๐ข๐ญ, ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ?!” ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

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”. ๐Ÿ˜“

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! ๐Ÿ‘Ž

โค๏ธ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐•๐€๐‹๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐๐„!!! โค๏ธ

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! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

โš ๏ธ ๐ˆ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ ๐š ๐›๐š๐ ๐ก๐š๐›๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ: “๐๐จ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐ž! ๐ˆ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ˆ ๐๐ข๐ ๐›๐ž๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ž!” โš ๏ธ

…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! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

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

โค๏ธ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐•๐€๐‹๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐๐„!!! โค๏ธ

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

โš ๏ธ I thought being in a relationship was the answer to making me happy. But it wasn’t.

โš ๏ธ I thought by being in a relationship, I could seek recognition and validation from others. But I wouldn’t.

โš ๏ธ 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, ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฐ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š ๐ฉ๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐›๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ญ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ญ๐จ๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.๐Ÿงธ

But people aren’t objects! And owning more objects won’t make you fulfilled in the long-term! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿšจ ๐ˆ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐’๐„๐‹๐…๐ˆ๐’๐‡ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐’๐„๐‹๐…๐‹๐„๐’๐’. ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ “๐–๐„” ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ “๐Œ๐„”. ๐Ÿšจ

How many of us get into a relationship primarily for selfish reasons? I challenge you to seriously think about it! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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. ๐Ÿ 

โค๏ธ ๐˜๐Ž๐”๐‘ ๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐Ž๐‘๐“๐€๐๐“ ๐•๐€๐‹๐„๐๐“๐ˆ๐๐„…๐ˆ๐’ ๐˜๐Ž๐”!!! โค๏ธ

๐ŸŒŸ ๐ƒ๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ. ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐š๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐๐จ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž. ๐ŸŒŸ

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

โค๏ธ 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.

โค๏ธ 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.

โค๏ธ 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.

โค๏ธ 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! ๐Ÿ˜

Please SHARE this post with anyone who needs to hear this today. Truly, you’re not alone! โค๏ธ

How Glasses POSSESS Us!

๐Ÿ“– ๐–๐„ ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐“๐Ž๐‘๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐–๐„ ๐“๐„๐‹๐‹ ๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’๐„๐‹๐•๐„๐’ ๐Ÿ“–

Iโ€™d like you to take a moment and read the following 2 Stories. They both revolve around the topic of Capitalism โฌ‡๏ธ:

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ #๐Ÿ:

โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค. ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด. ๐ŸŒฝ

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต. ๐Ÿญ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ. ๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜บ 20๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด. ๐˜‹๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ. ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต-๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ. ๐˜š๐˜ฐ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. ๐Ÿ”ฅ

๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ-๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด…โ€ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐„๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Does this Story resonate with you? ๐Ÿ“–

If notโ€ฆhow about this one? โฌ‡๏ธ

๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ #๐Ÿ:

โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ง, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ. ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ. ๐Ÿ˜ž

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 17๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ. ๐ŸŒž

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜Œ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ธ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด. โค๏ธ

๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ด, ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด. ๐˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด. ๐Ÿ’ช

๐˜๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 20๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต: ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐Ÿ’ฐ

๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต-๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บโ€™๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ. ๐Ÿ˜ก

๐˜๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ฐ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฎ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ.โ€ ๐‚๐š๐ฉ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐‹๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Soโ€ฆwhich Story is correct? #1 or #2? ๐Ÿ“–

Depending on where you reside on the political spectrum, 1 of these Stories youโ€™re far more likely to agree is accurate. โ†”๏ธ

But hereโ€™s the catch: ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’•๐’‰ ๐’‹๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐‘บ๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’†๐’”. ๐Ÿ“–

They are 2 different narratives, 2 different perspectives on the exact same thing: Capitalism. โ†”๏ธ

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

๐ŸŒŸ ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™จ๐™ช๐™—๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™›๐™ง๐™–๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ค๐™—๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ. ๐ŸŒŸ

If this definition sounds too pretentious, think of Stories as like wearing pairs of glasses. ๐Ÿ‘“

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ’๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐›๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ‘“ The person wearing an Optimistic lens will focus on seeing the best of things.

๐Ÿ‘“ The person wearing a Pessimistic lens will focus on seeing the worst of things.

๐Ÿ‘“ The person wearing a Realistic lens will focus on seeing things just as they are.

๐Ÿ‘“ 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? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚โ€

Or how about a person that, even in the best of situations, can always find something to complain about? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€โ€

๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ โ€œDONALD, ENOUGH WITH THE ANALOGIES! WHATโ€™S YOUR POINT?โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

My point is itโ€™s CRUCIAL we become aware of what glasses weโ€™re currently wearing. ๐Ÿ˜…

Why? ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž. ๐Ÿ“–

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

You can now take a guess as to the lens each author is wearing. ๐Ÿ‘“

To put it simply: ๐ฐ๐ž ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐“๐‡๐„๐˜ ๐š๐ซ๐ž. ๐–๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐–๐„ ๐š๐ซ๐ž. ๐Ÿ‘ค

๐–๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ. ๐Ÿ“–

๐Ÿคฌ โ€œTHAT’S RIDICULOUS, DONALD! YOU’RE SAYING I ‘CHOOSE’ A CYNICAL LENS?! JUST LOOK AT HOW MESSED UP THE WORLD IS!โ€ ๐Ÿคฌ

To clarify, Iโ€™m NOT saying youโ€™re โ€œchoosingโ€ any of the lenses you’re currently wearing, at least not consciously. ๐Ÿ˜…

Often, weโ€™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. ๐ŸŒŽ

As Jim Rohn said: โ€œ๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 5 ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ.โ€ ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

Surround yourself with negative people, youโ€™ll soon become one too. Surround yourself with hopeful people, youโ€™ll soon have their hope rub off on you too. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

๐’๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ. ๐Ÿ‘“

After enough time, youโ€™ll take this Story lens to be a Fact and not just a Story. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

But herein lies the problem: ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€. โŒ

๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐จ๐›๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž; ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ. โšช

Itโ€™s the difference between saying a Fact about capitalism (โ€œCapitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profitโ€) versus saying a Story about capitalism (โ€œCapitalism is exploitationโ€). โ†”๏ธ

Capitalism is not intrinsically โ€œexploitationโ€ nor โ€œliberationโ€; these are just Stories lenses weโ€™ve placed around them. ๐Ÿ‘“

๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™ข ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐’‚๐’” ๐™๐™–๐™˜๐™ฉ, ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™๐™š๐™™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™จ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. ๐Ÿคฏ

๐™’๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™จ๐™จ๐™ž๐™—๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™šโ€™๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™œ๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ๐™š๐™จ. ๐Ÿ˜”

When weโ€™re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time separating the Facts from the Stories about the Facts. When weโ€™re unable to take off our glasses, we have a much harder time being able to truly understand other peopleโ€™s points of view. ๐Ÿ™Œ

In turn, our empathy becomes replaced more and more with egotistical self-righteousness and moral grandstanding. ๐Ÿฅ‡

Soโ€ฆhow do we solve this problem? ๐Ÿค”

๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž’๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐Ÿ”Ž

Here’s a list of just a few of the Stories currently circulating in our culture. ๐Ÿ“–

I must warn you: some of the Stories I list here you may wholeheartedly embrace, and the fact Iโ€™m listing them here may make you feel like Iโ€™m trivializing or invalidating you or other peoples’ personal experiences. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

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. โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ต-๐˜™๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜—๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜–๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ-๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต’๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ!”

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜จ ๐˜—๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต!”

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜Ž๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ญ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜š๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ!”

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜Ž๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ 1%!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜บ!โ€

๐Ÿ“– โ€œ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ด!โ€

๐Ÿ“– “๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ’๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ!”

See some Stories you recognize? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹

By sharing this list, Iโ€™m NOT here to say which Story lens has more validity to them. Iโ€™m also NOT here to say each Stories lens is equally accurate or equally useful. Theyโ€™re not, and it’s why we need Facts. ๐Ÿ‘

But thatโ€™s NOT what this post is about. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ข๐ณ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ, ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก, ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐— ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ฆ๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all men are sexist, misogynist pigs, youโ€™re going to have a very hard time seeing any man in a positive light.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all police officers are racist, sadistic authority figures, youโ€™ll assume every police altercation that includes people of different races to automatically be about racism.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all protesters are rioting, anarchic looters, youโ€™ll assume every property destroyed during a protest to automatically be the cause of protesters.

๐Ÿ‘€ If you wear a Story lens that all white people are racists, youโ€™re going to see racism in every interaction with a white person, regardless if itโ€™s there or not.

A perfect phrase to summarize this: โ€œ๐’๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐.โ€ ๐Ÿ”Ž

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? ๐Ÿ’ฏ

It’s time to take back control, donโ€™t you think? ๐Ÿ’ช

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐žโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐ .

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐.

๐Ÿ™Œ ๐–๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐ง๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ โ€œDONALD! WHY SHOULD I DO THIS WHEN NO ONE ELSE IS?!โ€ ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Because youโ€™re not doing this for others.

๐Ÿ˜Š ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Ž๐๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ.

๐Ÿ˜Š ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐‘๐„๐„๐ƒ๐Ž๐Œ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ.

๐Ÿ˜Š ๐˜๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ซ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐‚๐Ž๐๐“๐‘๐Ž๐‹ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž, ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ง๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐ ๐š ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.

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. ๐Ÿ˜ข

After all, in this place your Stories are in control of you. ๐Ÿ˜”

Soโ€ฆstaying awake sounds like a better option, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜…

You got this! And before you know it, youโ€™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: โ€œThese are ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต Stories!โ€ ๐Ÿ™Œ

๐Ÿ“– ๐–๐„ ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐“๐Ž๐‘๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐–๐„ ๐“๐„๐‹๐‹ ๐Ž๐”๐‘๐’๐„๐‹๐•๐„๐’ ๐Ÿ“–

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(2 Stories of Capitalism credited to Jonathan Haidt)

Why Your Shadow MATTERS!

๐Ÿ’ฌ “๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐จ๐๐ข๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ’๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ. ๐€๐ญ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ง๐š๐ , ๐ญ๐ก๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ-๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ.” ~ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ฅ ๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ’ฌ

The Shadow is the parts of ourselves we reject, the primal emotions we suppress for the sake of societal approval, the parts we deny out of a personal desire to deny they exist. โŒ

You could also think of the Shadow like “the devil on your shoulder”. The Shadow includes the thoughts that come up in your mind you’d never tell anyone else you thought. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

Think of an individual who is so kind, so loving, and so quiet. But one day you hear about an incident where they lost their temper, and you think to yourself: “NO! That is NOT the person I know! That is NOT who they are!” ๐Ÿ›‘

Or think of the priest who vocally condemns homosexuality in his church but is eventually found to have participated in homosexual acts. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

โžก๏ธ These are examples of the Shadow at play. โฌ…๏ธ

๐–๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ข๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž, ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ”จ

๐–๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ฆ: “๐“๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ!” ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐ž๐ง๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐ŸŽญ

It’s why there’s so many people with emotional issues. It’s why we have many immature adults, ones who’ve never taken the opportunity to be better in touch with themselves. ๐Ÿ˜”

Instead, many have unfortunately had to settle for cultural expectations of possessing certain personality traits while suppressing others. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

A man needs to always be masculine and suppress his femininity (“Boys don’t cry”), while a female needs to always be feminine and suppress her masculinity (“Girls, know your place”). โ†•๏ธ

๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ. ๐ˆ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ญ. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

In some circles like self-help and spirituality, the idea of the Shadow can be frowned upon. “Let go of the things which don’t serve you.” “If you focus on it, the more energy you give to it.” ๐Ÿ‘Ž

I understand those perspectives, however I take Carl Jung’s perspective: “I’d rather be whole than good.” I’d rather accept every part of me, the good and the bad, the gentle and the aggressive, than suppress it. ๐Ÿ‘ค

๐Ÿค” So, how does one integrate their Shadow? ๐Ÿค”

The first step is acknowledgment of its existence. Whatever your Shadow is will differ from person to person. ๐Ÿ™Œ

This DOESN’T mean you have to start expressing your Shadow or have to start identifying with it. It’s simply about acknowledging it, you making a personal commitment to being brutally honest of seeing every part of yourself, whether you are “proud” it or not. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐Ÿ“ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

๐Ÿ“ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

๐Ÿ“ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐›๐ข๐œ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ.

๐Ÿ“ ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ƒ๐ซ. ๐‰๐ž๐ค๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐œ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐Œ๐ซ. ๐‡๐ฒ๐๐ž.

We acknowledge our capacity for evil while simultaneously choosing to be good. ๐ŸŽญ

As written in The Gulag Archipelago ๐Ÿ“–: “If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ .” ๐Ÿ‘ค

So, with this acknowledgement and acceptance of our Shadows, we can then take action! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ ๐ฎ๐ฌ, ๐ฐ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ! ๐Ÿ’ช

“๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ’๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ง๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด. ๐Ÿ˜ 

๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ’๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด?” ๐Ÿค”

What are some ways you could use your Shadow energy of anger and aggression for more constructive means?

โšฝ๏ธ You could take up a competitive sport.

๐Ÿ‹๏ธ You could use this energy in your workouts.

๐Ÿ’จ You could use it to get your work done faster.

๐Ÿ™Œ You could use it in situations which legitimately call for you to become more aggressive.

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐ˆ๐ ๐‚๐Ž๐๐“๐‘๐Ž๐‹. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ! ๐Ÿ˜„

It’s what I mean when I tell people “don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater”. ๐Ÿ‘ถ

Integrating our Shadow can be VERY useful. But we always need to make sure we’re in control and using it for a healthy means. ๐Ÿ˜Š

๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ, ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

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