Tonight my mind is on consequences. Essentially, consequences are the results that follow any action. They are the effect coming after the cause. Often, we have the luck of performing a specific action and achieving the desired result. Occasionally though, some aspect of a given scenario fails to come together the way we planned
We find ourselves suddenly unprepared, and forced to react with gut instinct rather than respond with wisdom. Sometimes these unintended consequences cause pain and suffering, destroying the fruits of much planning and labor. Sometimes these consequences are beautiful surprises that take a great weight from our shoulders and provides us a brief moment of rest from the struggle of living. Either way, these unintended consequences provide us an opportunity to test our ability to persevere and overcome, regardless of the characteristics of a given situation. These unintended consequences provide us the opportunity to be who we really are, if only for a moment.
If you are fortunate enough to recognize these moments, it is possible to learn how to tap into that frame of mind, without necessarily enduring any unintended consequences. I think the process of learning to tap into “yourself” may unfold something like this:
The more often you are forced to react(instead of respond), the more often you will be forced to trust your instincts or gut reaction. The more often these instincts are tested, the easier it will be to trust your judgment and believe you can make the best of any situation. The more often you believe you can make the best of any situation, the more often you will be willing to try new experiences and interact with the world around you. The more often you try new experiences and see what is out there in the world around you, the easier it will be for you to define who you are, using your own definitions and characteristics. And finally, the more often you use your own standard to define who you are, the more often you will avoid being lumped in with the status quo, with the unthinking majority, with the ignorant mass that makes up such a large portion of modern, industrialized society.
The only way we are ever going to achieve anything in terms of revolution or change is to begin that change and revolution within ourselves. To prepare for whatever the near-future will bring, we begin teaching ourselves to be prepared for anything. We begin thinking differently about what we eat, how we work and play, who we love, and what we believe. We begin expressing our creativity in provocative ways, doing our best to elicit some kind of response from the people around us, and welcoming their response as an invitation to dialogue. Most of all, we reach out to embrace the random, we reach out to embrace whatever may come.
Stepping out of our comfort zone, and approaching the unknown without fear is our starting point. We can’t know what unintended consequences lie in wait for us, but we can do our best to prepare for whatever the future will bring. Let’s start now, we don’t have any more time to waste. Until next time…