Are You Brave Enough to Let Go of Patterns Stopping You from Flourishing?
English writer and philosopher, Aldous Huxley, left us a lot to reflect on in his book, A Brave New World, regarding his philosophies on our collective responsibility to the planet. Huxley feared a society that would give us so much choice that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism, and that the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.
Huxley’s body of work is a constant reminder that changing the world is a bit of an arrogant belief to uphold, as our real job may be simpler. He shares:
“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
Trekking into the Unknown Takes Courage
We live in interesting times. We give more value and emphasis on the latest trends and keeping up with technology, frantically purchasing state-of-the-art gadgets and apps that are flooding the markets at ever-increasing speeds. Innovation is all around us, and yet too many dream that their innovative solution or app will make them rich and successful without considering the impact on their own health and well-being.
One day, we may wake up to the fact that we’ve been treating what is scarce—like natural resources (land, minerals, water)—with a mindset of abundance, and what is abundant (opportunities)—with a mindset of scarcity. No wonder it’s challenging to be a young person today. No wonder our world is fragmenting. We have created unspoken assumptions that govern how we live in division from what’s natural and real.
And with recent global events, many are questioning the need to support a lifestyle they were told was the norm or aspiration. We are seeing more and more people starting to question whether they’re aware of what they really need (they’re enough) so they can have a lifestyle that is supportive of them instead.
Being Brave and Courageous is Equally Available to Each of Us
What if what you desire doesn’t exist yet and you’re being called to create it? This uncharted territory is asking you to step out of your comfort zone. Can you imagine what is actually possible when you do or do you feel a sense of safety where you are?
You may be witnessing the deep holes and tears in the safety nets—governments, healthcare, education, financial, and legal systems—you were told would protect you. Maybe being forced to face yourself will release you and no longer hold you back from understanding what’s truly healthy for you.
Maybe this is an opportunity to take a deep breath and imagine how powerful you truly are and be brave and courageous enough to make your dreams real?