Consequence. A myth revived?
*Warning* This is a subjective OpEd meant to inspire self-assessment and stir-up a dialogue with the wonderful community on Medium.
I am learning about a few universal, inescapable laws. These laws (to me) are like rare, hidden gems. I can’t understand why these laws and concepts aren’t taught in schools right alongside Math and History… The Law of Attraction for instance, can be summed up as ‘we get/become what we most often think about’. Want to be a filthy rich person? Allow your mind to focus on earning ridiculous sums of money. Want to be a ripped, 6% body fat? Think on it every free moment you have and see yourself as the carved up sensation you’ve always wanted to be. Taken a step further, past the ‘material’ the law still applies. Want an amazing marriage? Focus on being the most amazing spouse you could ever imagine. Just be careful to focus on you (and not the other person). Investing our thoughts completely into our desires over a committed period of time can open our minds to the truly unlimited possibilities around us. No, I’m not suggesting your dreams will materialize magically after spending 20 hours meditating on your desire. I am suggesting that our minds are EXCEPTIONALLY powerful and that our ability to perform wonderful, life altering and unimaginable feats start and end in our minds. Ultra-marathoner David Goggins happens to agree (lots of cussing in the video, FYI).
Back to consequence. I don’t know (yet) if there is a ‘Law of Consequence’ but my eyes and ears are showing me that humanity (or at least humans in most of North America) have decided that the consequences of there actions no longer apply.
Do you see parents regularly setting and enforcing boundaries w/their children? I see a LOT of “Francis, touch that very expensive and fragile beaker containing the only non-replica table cure for cancer on the planet again and no desert for you!” Followed by Francis prompt disobedience, and the immediate loss of a cure to cancer… So now parental figure gets mad, and says “No desert for you!” and then 20 minutes later caves in when Francis throws a tantrum, delivering a bit of desert (followed by more desert when tantrum number two arrives).
What about obesity in America? Heart Disease? Overwhelming financial debt? Divorce? People showing up for job interviews unprepared, delivering an underwhelming performance, who have limited or no experience yet expect a job offer with compensation reserved for tenured, skilled Sr Executives?
Every action. Every choice comes with its own set of consequences. Somewhere along the way we humans lost our concern for them. Maybe it’s because we have medicines and medical procedures to fix (often temporarily) the damage we do to our bodies. We have entertainment to keep us from solving real-life problems. Guru’s to teach us <literally anything> because learning on our own requires too much work. Governments to ‘trust’ who will most certainly solve the big problems like Climate Change…
I have recently made the choice to do Yoga at least twice a week when I’m not traveling. Why, because the damage done to my body from sitting 14-hours a day isn’t ‘reversed’ by a 60 minute workout. I’m not sure 2 hours of Yoga will do the trick either but it is certainly helping.
I have decided to get up much earlier everyday (and have been doing so since February) so that I can begin my day with a few habits that set me up for success (mentally, spiritually and physically. Why, because getting up and heading straight into a high-stress 10–12 hour a day sales job is not good for my head, my heart or my family.
Good choices, good consequences. Bad choices, bad consequences. There is always a choice and always a consequence (and I don’t say the above with any concern for morality or ethics — Morals and ethics are yours to figure out).
Let’s stop hiding from consequence. It is our friend and can be a very effective guide in life. Let’s stop lying to ourselves about what we want. Instead, lets identify what we truly want in this life and then set a direction for achieving it. Otherwise, we will find ourselves out of time on this planet suffering the consequence of ‘what if I had…’ or ‘I wish I would have…’ when we could have cured cancer (or raised children that do), built the first commercially viable flying car or better yet, built a marriage that lasted the test of time and set a legacy for our children to build off.