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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What You Should Do

Our lives are filled with helpful suggestions couched in the language of 'you should do this or become that'; 'you should study here or go there', and many of these suggestions come from well-meaning people in our lives who may even love us. Whether their suggestions are valid or not, is not so much the purpose of today's post, as what we do with the you should's of our lives.

Let's look at another version of these you should's that enter our lives in much more insidious ways:
  • you should be successful
  • you should be rich
  • you should be famous
  • you should be young (or look young)
  • you should be thin
  • you should wear this
  • you should carry a handbag with that label
  • your briefcase should be made by that firm
  • you should belong to that political party
  • you should not marry outside of your religion, ethnicity, etc.
  • you should be invited to that dinner
  • you should choose your friends from that section of society
  • you should read this book, or that newspaper
  • you should drink this wine
  • you should be familiar with the cuisine of that country

Much of this sounds dreadfully superficial, and yet we all know to what extent we are influenced by thoughts or guidelines of this nature due to the daily barrage of input we receive from not only the media, but also from the people in our lives.

So here is the question: are you aware of how much of your life is decided by these (and other) you should's? Do you know that you can make other choices, that may, in fact, be much better for you, as long as you are willing to be different? Have you examined which of your choices are indeed yours, and which are based on what YOU think you should do?

For much more about becoming aware, about examining the self and about making healthy and self-loving choices, have a look at my book Rewiring the Soul: Finding the Possible Self (paperback or e-book).

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