Kings or Pawns
It was Napoleon who said that “in this life we are either kings or pawns; emperors or fouls.” He was right, you know.
You either choose to react to anything you don’t agree with in this world and be named a rebel, or you remain a victim (and accomplice) to it.
Take so many instances of daily life: that job you’re expected to do asap – meaning yesterday – and you’re constantly pressed for time, but when you’re anticipating a reply, the other party takes all the time in the world. That ‘urgent’ matter that in reality is of minor importance yet is presented as a life-changing event for which you must stop everything else to address.
Those bills you’re called to pay for which you are often given no justification but which you are obliged to in every way and are threatened with fines if you don’t.
And the worst of all is that argument that “that’s what everyone does”, or “that’s how it is”, or even more, “that’s how it’s always been”.
Just think of flies: millions of them are attracted to crap, but that doesn’t mean this would be delicious for you too.
Remember: Just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right. And just because no one is doing it, doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
So why not alter things?
Just because something has been done for so long in a certain way doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right way, or that there is no better mode to achieve the desired end. But if you don’t try to differentiate, you’ll never know. You won’t find something else – something potentially better – if you don’t take a different path.
But it is essentially your choice. Because every change begins with a vision and a decision to take action. And change begins at the end of your comfort zone. Growth and evolution occur the minute you decide to break that conventional / traditional cycle.
You will decide who you want to be and how you want to react in this world. Chin up or head down. The choice is yours.