Status quo is an abyss. You know the place I mean. It’s when we quit thinking about what if and sink into good enough. The abyss is watching reruns . Or losing yourself in the antics of media made celebrities who model the behaviour of self-centered children, adding nothing to life. The abyss is choosing inertia instead of activities requiring you to show up and be seen. Status quo invites us to stay put and ignore opportunities to enrich your life and the lives of others.
Instead of being interested, curious and ready to create, you are content to stay in the box of the known. New thoughts, new connections, new opportunities are lost to the inertia of status quo.
Have you noticed the people who exist within that box? Their eyes are dead, their features flat and their energy is a dark hole sucking the life out of those around them.
Where are they? Everywhere.
Parents tied to a cell phone, pushing a stroller and ignoring the little spark of life in front of them.
Couples at dinner unable to hold a conversation, escape to technology or stare silently at their food. Or community meetings, where few show up and even fewer volunteer to take action.
The abyss is a life without vision and destined to drift
How does this happen? Where has possibility disappeared to? Of life to be explored and experienced? Death by a thousand things bought and few providing lasting enjoyment.
Or maybe it is the illusion of connection. Physical presence without active engagement. Choosing a half life of presence, and missing chances to learn about or discover the complexities of the people around you.
Have you deluded yourself into thinking you know everything you are capable of? Do you accept that new is only as portrayed by the stuff you buy? Or are you ready to put a toe into this thing we call life and discover what there is to learn? The limits you push yourself to emotionally or physically?
Inertia is self-perpetuating. You can creep along in this life or you can take a gulp of the uncertain and see what that feels like. Without a doubt, we all get to the same finish line. Will we arrive with a light in our eyes or the slumped shoulders of someone who gave up long ago and settled for the abyss?
I am gulping. What are you doing?
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