As I grow more grey hairs and look back on my own personal and professional journey more and more I see a divide. This divide is like a wide rushing river. I’m on one bank looking across the river. From where I stand I see life as an adventure, a jungle gym as opposed to a ladder. My attitude is one of curiosity and desire to help others; this is in stark contrast to the people on the other bank of the river. They are self-involved, obsessed with controlling life and getting more security, safety, wealth and assets. I’ve been on that bank, I’ve hand millions of dollars of debt against a large portfolio of property in the hope of being able to retire early and live the ‘good’ life. I’ve been so into what I wanted that I missed decades of life due to being overly invested in a future happiness at the expense of being present and experiencing the richness of the present.
Don’t get me wrong, wealth, money etc. are not ‘bad’ it’s just overly obsessing past the point where we have enough (how ever much that is) causes us to become too self-centred and in the end makes us unhappy (as we will never have enough as long as this mindset persists).
Now all of this may sound a bit overly metaphorical but let me assure you this shift in my perception that moved me to the other bank of the river has had a profound affect on my personal and professional life. I now deeply believe that everyone has an obligation to raise their consciousness above their own selfish desires and start to look at what they can do to live more sustainably. Sustainability means not wrecking everything around you as you go through the world and living so that you balance the social, economic and environmental aspects of living whilst providing for yourself and dependents.
All my work, this blog and how I raise my kids is fuelled by the mission I’m on to live sustainably and help others realise that really we have no choice but to navigate our way to the other bank of the river. How each individual gets there is going to vary as much as there are people in the world. For me I discovered a path via meditation for others they work in nature, change careers or take a sabbatical from work to study philosophy (this is what my sister did). It does not matter what your path is and I’m not here to judge you or your life but to simply point the way to the other bank where I know we all need to be in order to be the best humans possible.
Good luck on your journey, be well.