Zeno of Citium quoted, "the goal of life is living in agreement with nature".
When I was little my nan and pamp always dreamed of winning the lottery. Not because they wanted to be super rich but because they wanted financial freedom for their kids and grandchildren. It seems everywhere we look today in the common modern society that the drive to reach an almost impossible destination is on the increase. People are slowly coming round to the idea that the 40 hour week working for others isn't all it's cracked up to be and there is a way out. It's possible that you can earn all you need in doing barely 40 hours a month. Anything's possible if you're open but wise, smart but hard working.
What needs are there for dreams?
Every Monday I share my challenges to make my desired lifestyle. You see I have struggled all my life with so many things. I don't need to go into it but like so many people I have been at war with my mind. To distract yourself from a so called reality, way of life or lifestyle is not an easy thing to do. Every one deals with things differently. I'm a problem solver. Rather than sitting back on my butt feeling sorry for myself I challenge my existance. I have tried many many things to create that ever lasting happiness. Here's the truth of it! Everything I have tried requires energy and high maintenance daily. For me happiness, true happiness cannot be bought with money, exercised in the gym or outdoors, come in the form of helping others, having amazing day trips or holidays with loved ones or even spending lots of time with loved ones. This sounds very far fetched but truth is I have to accept and learn something new. And I don't have a clue what it is. "He has the most who is most content with the least"- Diogenes of Sinope.
I have everything it would appear. A beautiful wife and baby on the way, a lovely family, a rewarding career, a great place to live, I have superb fitness and drive, great health, I have good friends. There must be something wrong with me? Depression, bi-polar...as many professionals and unprofessionals would be quick to label me.
One doctor told me...
"You need medication...anti-depressants". Now I appreciate they were just trying to help but I'm sure masking a problem doesn't solve it. And hiding from a problem stops you from finding true solutions.
I just need to keep doing what I'm doing. I work hard at happiness. I train fitness in many different forms daily, I meditate, I sleep and eat well, I have lots of quality time with my wife and family, I socialise and play sports, I train and see clients reach their goals, I research and educate myself everyday, and I participate in Martial Arts.
The real truth is I'm still learning, I'm open and extremely honest. I have freedom but I don't have freedom because I'm conditioned by the the modern way of life. I have to pay my bills and live a life of routine to survive. Is this what life is really about? Routine and modern day slavery?
I have made cuts to everything I believe to be unuseful to my goal of happiness. It sounds selfish but hey one day my little girl could grow up modelling my behaviours. The truth can be hidden but it always finds a way to the surface. I hope to achieve effortless happiness by challenging my way of life so that everyone I love will be inspired to find their natural happiness.
"Happiness is a good flow of life"- Zeno of Citium.
Where do I go from here?
I feel a real need to eleviate financial pressures but to stay on track with my goals. Next week I'll share with you what I have done and whether the natural happiness tweaks have worked.
Follow every Monday if you like.
Here's to challenging our lifestyle,