“It’s natural to seek reassurance. Most of us want to believe that the choices we make will work out, that everything will be okay. Artists and those that launch the untested, the new and the emotional (and I’d put marketers into all of these categories) wrestle with this need all the time. How can we proceed knowing that there’s a good chance that our actions will fail, that things might get worse, that everything won’t end up okay? In search of solace, we seek reassurance.” (Seth Godin, ‘No Everything Is Not Going To Be Okay’)
No Seth. Everything is already okay.
It always has been and it always will be: OK. There’s nothing we can do about that.
Even if we didn’t do a thing, the world would still be okay.
Once you know that, there’s a lot more you can do with your life.
Willing to believe that may be even harder than giving up our search of solace and reassurance.
We have a habit of believing life isn’t okay as it is. So we resist it, whether it is by fighting it or ignoring it. Some of us even believe we were destined to resist life and change it the way we want it. Such is the destiny of Man. But is it, really?
What if resisting life is exactly what is holding us back?
What if respecting resisting and refusing to seeing life as it is actually keeps us from making the most of it?
If a crisis makes one thing clear, it’s that. In a sense, every crisis shows us what life is really about.
And I’m not talking about taking challenges or being on the edge.
I’m talking about breathing.
If life is about one thing, it’s about breathing, one breath at the time. When times get rough, knowing that you’re still breathing one breath at a time is always the first step to overcoming your crisis. Every crisis.
Breath by breath, you embrace life again as it is. And then you take one step. And another. And you make your way again.
The thing is, people do this all the time. They’re just not aware of it.
And that’s fine.
Because if we all would be aware, would we still be able to wonder? Wonder about the little things? About the small steps? About the simple power of a single breath, one after the other?
I guess not.
There wouldn’t be much to discover, is it?
There wouldn’t be anything superbly about being human.