What’s your reason for getting up in the morning?
And as Simon Sinek asks, “Why should anyone care?”
It’s easy to fall into a routine functional life. Get up. Go to work. Come home. Watch TV. Drink a glass a wine. Go to bed. Wake up and do it again. And again. And again. And again If you’re lucky, something different will happen today and for a moment you’ll have a high. The high never lasts and you’re back to the same old same old.
We’ve become, in some sense, the walking dead dragging our assess through the day like zombies or worse like robots executing whatever program we’ve been uploaded with, never questioning our programmer.
To break this cycle, to break the routine, you have to step up, as Robert L. Spencer says, and take responsibility for your life.
“Take responsibility for what you do, feel, think, and say. Take responsibility for all that you perceive and experience. Take responsibility for everything that happens to you, for all aspects of your life, for everything that you witness. This will show you what its like to abandon the position of victim and withdraw from people and events the power to exploit or harm you.”
When you take full responsibility, everything changes.
We fall down at the how.
But tap into your deeper why, and like Viktor Frankl said, your why will empower you to endure any how.
I’m writing this now because the dark days of winter are here. And if you’re prone to dark depression or despair, this time of year can be especially tough.
Tapping into your deeper why is essential.
Being alive is a rare privilege. If you don’t enthuse it with meaning and take responsibility for your time, you are in danger of failing at life.
And that would be a shame.
Here’s my last point, you have nothing to lose, but everything to gain by taking full responsibility for your life – to live it like you want to live it – until your time is done and you can rest in peace.