― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
Consider this. Everyone is born into a hole. A warm comfortable hole. This hole represents everything you know about your world and your life. As you grow up your parents begin to tell you things about your world. How it works and what path to take to live like they have lived, based on their own hole. After all, they can only tell you about their own experience. To live securely and “happily”, all you have to do is dig further down, chasing everyone else in an attempt to create the greatest and biggest hole you can possibly dig. You will be happy and secure after you have spent years upon years of blood sweat and tears, digging away as fast as you can, taking an occasional break when you can no longer go on. This is normal.
However, instead of digging further and further down in this race against everyone else, what if we decided to climb? Climb out of your hole? Wait……..that would mean going in the completely opposite direction of everybody else, including your family. That can’t be good can it? Well I decided to climb out of my hole and I will tell you what I have discovered so far.
You are moving towards the light, not the darkness of chasing the Jones’. When you get to the top of your hole, and finally crawl up onto the surface, you realise there are millions of other holes, each with their own story and beliefs. You can view these with love and appreciation. You can decide to help others get up and out of their holes. You can see and appreciate nature with gratitude, whilst feeling the warmth of light on your skin. What you realise, is that their is millions of pathways to choose, not just one. Digging a grand hole now seems pointless. You can now create a path with absolute freedom to go in any direction you want. You may decide to climb higher, or travel left or right. You are not confined to a predetermined direction. Any way you choose is possible. There is no longer a comparison of your life with others. Because there are so few people that choose to go against everyone else and climb out of there comfortable hole, you will immediately connect much more deeply with those that do. Finally walking instead of digging is a transcendent experience. One that I feel should be sought after by everybody.
My goal is to live with absolute freedom and joy, and help as many people as possible realise that they too, can climb up and out of their hole to experience life. Not just dig through until the end.