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Is There A World Apart From The Remote?

Is there a world apart from the TV remote? Have you become so set in your routine that you’ve neglected to become involved in real world activities?

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the byproduct of other activities.

~Aldous Huxley

The familiar can become extremely comfortable and give us a sense of stability and safety. A routine, having everything in place where there are few surprises allows us to count on something that rarely changes. And it’s human nature to like that type of unhindered continuity.

However, (you knew there was one coming) the adrenalin doesn’t rush through us when we rely on the familiar to the exclusion of something new and daring. There is something about walking into a dark or dimly lit room that makes us wonder what’s ahead and raises our alerts a little.

That feeling that we receive when we enter the untried and the maybe-its-not-so-true-after-all areas of life produce something in us that is vital to a healthy self image. That feeling, that sense of unsure emotions, the feeling of heightened awareness and even of trepidation while maybe unfamiliar to many, is part of the basic essence of life.

The “butterflies” in the stomach that come when involved in a less than comforting situation such as public speaking is something we should learn to look forward to. It shouldn’t be seen as something to avoid otherwise we become like a room temperature cup of coffee. We’re there, there’s just not much taste to our lives.

Is there a world apart from the remote? I certainly hope so otherwise we are of all people most to be pitied.

Author:  Tony Hensley

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