Friday, April 10, 2009

ON CIRCLES, CYCLES and FALSE BELIEFS

Recently a man who appeared to be in his late twenties said, “ I feel like I’m going around in circles and getting nowhere.” I’m sure many people of all ages are feeling that way these days. Some are feeling worse in that they have gone far backwards from previous more prosperous times.

My response to him and to all who feel these ways is that life is cyclical not circular. People, like markets, go backward, sideways and forward. Some go forward, sideways and backward and then forward. Others go in other patterns. Few if any go up, up and away forever except for Superman and he is a comic fantasy.

Our expectation that things will always be the same is more a wish than a reality. It is a fantasy really given that change in just about every area is the only constant. Believing that all the parts of your life will stay the same is like believing we will stay “forever young.” It is a nice song and ideal, but a false belief none-the-less.

We need to maintain a realistic yet optimistic view. We also need to work hard on ourselves to modify our false and distorted beliefs that live and fester in the bedrock of denial. As Jim Moran taught all he met, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it.” There are many cycles ahead. The time to prepare for them is right now!

Bye For Now,
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