Have you become “comfortably complacent?” It’s neither healthy nor desirable to operate from the survival, amygdala part of one’s brain most of the time–the fight/flight and survival instinct. If your basic needs for food, clothing and shelter are met, then, what would you fight for?
Several years ago I watched a BBC film on the Marine Iguanas of the Galapagos Islands. I wrote about it in my journal at the time…
“The Iguana is a vegetarian. It was forced to overcome it’s fear and discomfort of the forceful ocean, to dive underwater, down and down, to find its food–a type of algae or plankton growing beneath the sea. It feeds for no longer than ten minutes and then it has to surface as the freezing water temperatures are dangerous to this heat-loving animal. As the iguana swims against the waves to reach the rocky shore, it is harassed by the sea lions who chase, pretense of attack and dodge and dart (cat and dog-style). No easy journey to supply a life-sustaining need. That’s what life in the wild is–meeting a basic need–what’s for lunch?”
All of that said, I return to my initial question…and I ask myself this one too…in these tumultuous times, What would you fight for? Take some time today to consider and write about it.
Enjoy your day.