Quarantine Crossroads: Tip #2

How to Survive and Thrive in Times of Scarcity

This Coronavirus pandemic has hit us in ways we never imagined possible in today’s modern world, making us rethink what life is supposed to be all about. While countless suffer in heartbreaking ways, many of us would benefit by using this time to reevaluate our lives. For is it not life’s grand events that serve as the catalyst for major change?

I cannot think of a better time to reexamine our lives than this current quarantine predicament. Instead of worrying and feeling sorry for ourselves, what a great opportunity for reflection…and change. It seems we have all hit a crossroads in our life at the exact same time. What a wonderful launching point for some of the big life changes that we’ve known for years we need to make.

In that spirit, I share some of the most applicable Life Tips from my first book. I truly hope these tips will provoke you to change.

Life Tip #2: Don’t be lulled into an apathetic existence

One of the saddest things I see is the general apathy that currently looms large over America. I fear that a strong lack of interest and spirit has infected not just our younger generations but Americans of all ages, and it’s been spreading for decades now. It’s not just Millennials who live indifferent lives. Quite the contrary, I fear. We Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are perhaps even more guilty. How many of us have given up on our big plans and our life goals, while we sit on the couch bingeing on Netflix and sports? Ahhh, who are the apathetic ones now? I will admit that I let this disease of laziness rule me for nearly twenty years of my life. Two whole decades!

I don’t completely blame us for our complacency, however. There is a multitude of factors lulling us into this state, some that we’re aware of, some that we’re not. The government, media, Hollywood, sports industry, and marketing/ad firms would like nothing more than to have every one of us live complacent lives. I’m talking about the kind of life where we go to a job for eight to ten hours a day, after which we are too tired to do much else but veg out on the couch watching TV, sports, and news programs on our devices, along with all the advertisements that come with them. The kind of life where they coax us into being preoccupied with sports, TV shows, Hollywood gossip, and political theater. They love that!

If we’re living unmotivated lives, they have us right where they want us. This way, we fit right into their plans, and we allow them to reach their goals, at the expense of our own.

We need to stop doing that!

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life…

Henry David Thoreau

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