C. W. Stratton
The desire to improve our lives is viewed as a normal aspect of our society. We are constantly presented with ways to become a better person. Right from birth we are taught how to behave and what’s expected of us to be a productive individual. Those closest to use who are feeding us information, are going off of their own point of reference. This doesn’t mean what’s being conveyed to us is inaccurate. Those individuals points of reference eventually become our own at some point. This tends to create a continuum that will go through generations. The cycle continues until someone breaks free of the taught thinking and behavior that has become a so-call “norm”. When this does occur, that person is immediately looked down upon because they are living the up to the status quo that had been created.
Many times, there are those of us who have no clue why we do, what we do. We acknowledge that others are doing it, so it must be right. This can be related to so many different things in our lives:
We follow the majority in many cases. This may be due to our personal fear of leading, fear of being expansive, or fear of starting something new outside the familiar. We want more out of life but we don’t take the required steps to be innovative and original. As a result, we remain within a suffering state that fuels disappointment, underachievement, and life dissatisfaction. However, we continue to push along with the crowd in hopes that something miraculous occurs to change our circumstances.
We spend a considerable amount of time and energy improving our “external” conditions, to obtain a sense of freedom, happiness, and to solve many of life’s problems. Improving “external” conditions will never solve “internal” problems. At the very moment you feel an internal problem is solved by improving external conditions, something else will arise within which will result in focusing on the external once again; to get that warn and accomplished feeling back. Working backwards like this is likes being on a hamster wheel; you feel like you’re moving forward but you’re actually going nowhere. We must learn to control the mind and desires to achieve the happiness we ultimately seek.
First improve “internal conditions” in order to maintain those external things.