To be, or to do, that is the question
According to the history, to be, or not to be is the opening phrase of a soliloquy spoken by Prince Hamlet in the so-called "nunnery scene" of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Act III, Scene I
Possibly in today’s world, the most valuable currency you can have is to walk the talk, or in other words do and comply with the things you promise or say almost every day, regardless of if it’s in a working environment, to family, friends, or via WhatsApp.
We live in world of constant promising and virtual connection, where we are losing track of what really matters and the consequences of not complying with what we say, state or promise.
We are just harming ourselves.
We are overusing typical and promising without date “see you soon”, “I’ll phone you later”, without real intention of doing something. And by doing that we are living in our continuous fallacy.
A fallacy ruled by a mix of ego and fear of being alone. We see thousands of people around us using their cell phones, and we don’t want to be the only ones with nothing to say, make an opinion or no-one to talk to. We don’t want to feel alone, so we impulsively act and imitate them, harming us in the long term. Creating the dependency on a cell phone, leaving aside what really matters.
If we stop and analyze this behavior, this is nothing but to impulsively do what all the rest are doing just to avoid feeling alone.
Wouldn’t it be better to face the real truth for a moment and recognize if we are feeling alone now, it’s just because we earned it, and we are postponing once again the most important stuff we need to do.
Such as taking the moment to call someone we really love or admire and tell them how much we love them just for the sake of telling them.
What is keeping us apart from doing that apart from our ego? And the fear of being alone? Nothing, No one.
What is keeping us apart from investing time in reading, education, helping others, or learning something we suck at? Who is preventing us to use our time in something of value not only for ourselves but for a bigger cause than ourselves? So we can stop complaining and imitate others doing non-value added stuff in our spare time.
Our bonds are beyond what we can see or touch
If Shakespeare would live today probably he would re-build that first Hamlet passage for something even much simpler. To do or to die.
Every moment we are letting our time pass without investing it wisely we are dying. Our emotions will end up crushing, and our health and bodies will say so.
Highly recommend is this TED talk my dear friend P.B. shared yesterday with me (and I did the same with my beloved ones).
This talk walks us through a very interesting study which already is becoming the third generation of people being studied.
The main goal of the study is to prove using real people and their testimonies which are the most relevant facts where we should invest our energies in life, to avoid dying sooner than others, and most importantly having a much better quality of life whilst we are alive.
It will not be surprising the results and conclusions.
Again as mentioned in the first part of this short passage, the most relevant moment happens when we intentionally put our focus in being the most aware we can of our current emotions and what we need to do (I repeat, to do) first.
To reach that point it’s required to be humble and courageous enough to admit we can be much happier than we are now if we finally make the firm commitment of following our hearts, to align our energies and minds on what it takes to reach there.
It’s a matter of a real, unique, and quo veridis second, what it takes to make a life worth living. However, can take a whole life to avoid having this revealing and game changer second. This second is going to walk us through our biggest fallacies, fakes, and nightmares. But it’s going to be immensely valuable. Are you willing to take the risk?
If you so and you’d like to go deeper into these ideas influencing your present, I invite you to go for the trilogy “A life in a second”.
Ignacio Gallo Campos
Recommended listen this the week Quo Veridis - Daft Punk
About the author
New Project – I’m willing to start doing “unique short and simple interviews” with interesting people willing to share their ideas, tools, and tricks for life hacking to be shared and used by others. If you are willing to participate, please get in touch.
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