Friday, June 15, 2011
Yes, I understand that people are 'black boxes.' Unless and until you disclose to me explicitly who you are and what you're all about, any speculation on my part regarding you is ultimately of small value.
Still, in just this past week I've had conversations with two acquaintances that left me feeling both sad and grateful. Here, let me explain:
The Case of Acquaintance #1: Screw Unto Others
This particular individual appears to live his life under the operating assumption "I'll get you before you screw me." Sheesh. In the course of a single, rambling conversation this person told me, in excruciating detail, how he became an 'instant expert' in home sprinkler/timer systems so (in his words) "If the plumber tries to rip me off, I'll be one step ahead of him because I know everything he's doing."
Moreover, this otherwise nice man let me know that he and his wife invested thousands upon thousands of dollars in home security equipment. This guy can check the interior and exterior of his home from anywhere in the world, so long as he has a Web browser and an Internet connection available to him. "That way," my acquaintance said, "I can tell at a glance if anyone tries to approach our home."
The Case of Acquaintance #2: Pistol-Packin' Papa
The man in question told me a few days ago that he was recently approved for a handgun carry permit, and that he would be packing heat to work every day.
"But aren't there laws about civilians bringing firearms into office buildings?" I queried nervously.
"Yeah, I'll have to look into that, but I plan to carry anyway."
I balked. "Why in the world do you feel the need to carry lethal force to work with you each day? Are you afraid that a rogue stapler will leap out of the supply closet and accost you?"
"No, actually I'm worried about being out in the parking lot at night. I put in a lot of overtime, and I want to make sure that if I'm attacked, someone is going home in a body bag."
How miserable it must be to live one's life in never-ending fear of some unpleasant activity transpiring. Sure, I was a Scout when I was a boy. I'm familiar with the ol' BSA motto Be Prepared. Nevertheless, how much control over other people, places, events, etc., do I actually have in my life? Very little. There exists a distinct difference between prudence and paranoia.
Am I going to spend my precious time 'freaked and tweaked' about potential life-threatening attacks from unknown assailants, or the possibility that some individual or business might take advantage of me financially? Or, rather, am I gonna live and enjoy my life to the very best of my ability, one day at a time? I know what my choice is.
"I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
Abundance means ‘The property of a more than adequate quantity or supply’ and to really take advantage of all that is available to you, you really do have to have a handle on this extremely important way of thinking.
The exact opposite to the abundance mentality is the scarcity mentality. Amongst other things this mentality breeds fear, jealousy, spite and selfishness leading to insecurity and lack of self worth due to your belief that opportunities are lacking and you have little choice or freedom in your life.
The cup, at least my cup, is more than half-full.
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