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Currents

IMG_7474aCurrents are a constant in our lives whether we think they are only associated with swimming, floating vehicles , and flying vehicles. Currents can be composed of waves of opinion, short surges of emotions, or the constant, strong force carrying you on and through the ups and downs of your life. All currents are strong and cannot be easily swayed; they just keep on going the way they are going. We can take a lesson from that so that we don’t fall under any influence we haven’t chosen for ourselves.  A good way to check for these currents is to look at what ‘everyone’ is doing or are saying they believe. If we unthinkingly start using the new catchphrase, listening to the newest music, considering the most favored career we might want to ask ourselves why we are doing so. Have we truly thought about the music we put in our heads? Or listened to what is coming out of our mouths? Or taken the pluses and minuses of that career that will take us to the top and sounds good too? Generally we drift along with a group of others along on a solitary path, neither of which imply any disconnectedness, never thinking that we’re not thinking for ourselves. Why?

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Purpose

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If not already, then hopefully at some point there will appear someone in your life who will ask you what you’re doing; and they’ll ask why you’re doing it. People will ask these questions of you and others because they observe you and/or them acting with purpose and behaving with commitment to something (anything); they may be curious about what the secret is to finding a purpose and sticking with it. It becomes very difficult to continue along a path you are following unless you have a reason to do so; you can manufacture a reason after the fact, but doing that is usually unsatisfactory since you haven’t actually defined or completed a specified goal, you’ve only appeared busy to others, but mostly to yourself. If appearing busy is your goal, then you will accomplish it easily; there is not much effort involved in running around in circles. If you have something in mind that you really want to accomplish, then your purpose defines itself and you will have no difficulty with motivation. It is those who create thoughtfully designed goals that show the visible and stimulating purpose that others find so attractive. And aren’t these purposeful people attractive as well?


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Follow-the-leader

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One can follow not only from ahead, but from behind as well, and be the leader for those before you, behind you, or to the side. One can also follow or observe from each of these positions. Sometimes it’s problematic to determine the position you would like to hold since one does not always have to lead, to follow, or to observe. Even the most dynamic leader will sometimes choose to take the position to observe in certain situations and sometimes the most helpful follower will decide to take the lead in a certain endeavor. There can be difficulty in deciding the role you wish to play at any given moment in time or you may feel you have no choice in making that decision. If you believe you have no choice in the matter that is also taking a position, the position that you will always do what others demand or expect of you; then you have to decide if that is the way you would like to live. Once you’ve decided that you have no choice, that will likely be the last real choice you will make about anything. To experience all the many facets of a potentially rich life it is important to allow yourself the ability to make choices, though you may have to amend your actions to satisfy unexpected circumstances that arise and somewhat ragged results may occur from time to time.. One of the most important aspects of being human is free choice and to abdicate that aspect of your life is generally self-defeating, since another one of the most important aspects of being human is the chance to feel self-respect and happiness. Your choice of behavior in groups may color your entire life. Isn’t the use of your ability to make choices more positive for you than allowing others to do so?


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Swept

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Sweeping is not only about cleaning house, and a broom is not the only thing that can be swept with. To sweep is an all-encompassing term that includes everything from sweeping dirt away to sweeping clouds away or being swept away in a storm. The term has inundated many aspects of our language, is appropriate to it, and it is understood whenever it is used. We can be swept off our feet by a stronger foe, or by circumstances beyond our control, or by the winds of change. Amongst all this sweeping it seems that we should be able to have a bit more control over our lives and the situations so that we’re not swept away by everything. If we allow ourselves to be swept away easily we’ll find we haven’t got idea one of where we’ve ended up or why we’ve ended up there. We can’t always avoid being swept away by something but we should know how to try to stop that strong and repeated pressure. Having a strong sense of self and direction can help with the aim of following our own paths. Recognizing the beginning of a sweeping motion will help as well; for then we can react against the motion if we so desire. We do want to be swept away sometimes, especially if we recognize where we’re being swept and wholeheartedly want to go there. We want the sensations of a new love, or the feeling of success and fulfillment from a job well done, or the satisfaction of completing a task that has compelled and eaten up all our time. We wouldn’t want to be swept away by a mob, or caught up in a friend’s vicious wrangle, or be unable to stop playing when on a losing streak while gambling. A sense of balance and a sense of self is really all that is needed to find a path through the brooms reaching toward us every day, and to make our own decisions about being swept. Is holding your own broomstick more appealing than succumbing to others’?