An Inside Story 31
CONSCIOUSLY using the way our mind works can help us to think of alternatives to what we regard as reality. Imagine for a moment that our life consisted of everything that we ever wanted. We live in a beautiful dream house that has all the modern conveniences and appliances that we could ever hope for. We have the latest luxury car and all the modern technical gadgets that are available – money is no object.
We are lucky enough not to have suffered any kind of sickness, not even a sniffle and we can eat and enjoy any food or drink we wish as we do not have weight problems or hangovers. We have never been angry, unhappy or depressed – or indeed, experienced any negativity. Yes, we would be very fortunate.
We have heard on the grapevine about a land on the other side of the world that is reported to be the exact opposite of the one we enjoy – an environment where war and violence, poverty and crime, sickness, pain and sorrow are rampant. We are unable to even fathom what such a life would be like.
Living in this virtual paradise, we have grown used to the luxuries that are heaped upon us – in fact we have become quite complacent with our lifestyle and because we know no different, we find it difficult at times to fully appreciate what we do have.
We find ourselves wondering what it would be like if we lived for awhile in this reportedly hostile land. What could we learn about ourselves? Would such an experience make us more appreciative of what we do have? We decide that the only way to find out is to go see.
We know that we will always be able come back to this life of ease after our trip… or if the going gets too tough. So we set off to learn about ourselves on the discovery adventure of a lifetime.
Upon arriving, we are shocked as we descend into a negative, depressive environment such as we never thought possible. Immediately, we become embroiled in the pain and suffering of this strange land, which hits us like a sledge hammer. What have we got ourselves into?…
To be continued.
Dan’s Quote: “Trust that little voice in your head that says…
_____________ Wouldn’t it be interesting if…”- Duane Michals