Taking things too seriously

I started investigating “spiritual principles” about 6 years ago now. Since then I have read many books and listened to many speakers. Concepts and ideas presented to me made sense and I opened my mind. I find myself reflecting on these quotes today.
Spiritual quotes
Brian Tracy stated “Your life is a reflection of your thoughts. If you change your thinking, you change your life.
A quote from Ernest Holmes states “Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.”
Don Miguel Ruiz is quoted as saying “We only see what we want to see; we only hear what we want to hear. Our belief system is just like a mirror that only shows us what we believe.”
Serious stuff. I think, you think, we all think. We are after all, a bunch of individuals all thinking thoughts, so what does this mean for a city, province or country? And does it matter?
The term Collective consciousness is defined as “the set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society. The term was introduced by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim in his Division of Labour in Society in 1893.
In the sense that there are billions of us, and it is impossible to think the same way. I suppose this matters. Look at what is being reflected in the world today. It is very serious apparently. So what to do? What to think?
Cartoons
Well I found myself reflecting on cartoons this week because my boyfriend enjoys Family Guy and the Simpsons. I have never overly enjoyed these. I have been very critical about these two cartoons because they have made light of things I take seriously – or that matter to me. The other day he was watching an episode of Family Guy, entitled “Excellence in Broadcasting”. The episode is “famous” for its song “Republican Town” which basically reiterates the same issues being discussed today. But these days, people are up in arms about it. Shocked. I find it ironic that Family Guy has been on the air since January 31, 1999, and this episode aired in 2010. That was almost 7 years ago. It would appear nothing has changed and we are still here, talking about the same things, except that I realize I am generally happy. Things are ok. I find myself wondering why media is reporting these same issues today as news and inciting fear?
Another episode that was brought to my attention is from The Simpsons. The episode “Bart to the Future” aired in 2000, and showed Trump was President. In that episode Lisa talks about a huge budget crunch under the Trump administration. The graph shows the country is broke. Enough said. This show has been on since December 1989. I had to laugh at that one.
Now the point is not about the value of these two series; they have been on the air for 19 and 29 years respectively. The point is that these cartoons are written by people who think. These cartoons have been on the air for this long because people watch these episodes and also think. Maybe people like to make light of things and laugh. So when I think about the above quotes, I am led to remember this one by Ben Elton “Artists don’t create society, they reflect it.”
So which one is it? Are these writers reflecting society? Or are they creating it by what they believe and then portrayed it on T.V? It certainly is a loopy circle. Like which came first the chicken or the egg?
Ironic that these two cartoons were making light of what I am seeing today. Ironic that these cartoon episodes reflected back then, what we are seeing today. I opened my mind and watched both episodes and I laughed. My perspective is slightly changed about these cartoons. Maybe we are making far too much out of all this. Things have not gotten better or worse – they just are. It is what it is.
Taking things too seriously
Two years ago I was in a book store in Ireland and I came across a book “F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way” by John C. Parkin. I laughed out loud. I purchased the book. I found myself laughing out loud even more as I was reading it. I did not care that I was alone laughing out loud at a book in a café or restaurant. I just had fun.
The main point of the book is that saying “Fuck It” is like a message for the mind and discusses ideas like letting go, giving up and finding freedom by realising that things might not so much (if at all).
Recently, I have been introduced to the book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” by Mark Manson.
In the same vein, this book has the result of making light of the heavy and proposing another perspective that is lighter and in my opinion, healthier. It is also a bit more personal in choosing what to give and not give a F**K about.
As Manson says “In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.” I wholeheartedly agree.
I remember a conversation I had with my dad not too long ago. He told me that if I ever needed to vent, that he would be very happy if I called and said “Fuck this shit”. Ironic, that he said that. Healthy venting and completely in line with the books above.
Applied to my life, well there are things I do care a great deal about. But perhaps I could re-evaluate what those things are. Maybe one day I will write a blog about the practical applications of spiritual principles in everyday life – you know, for those of us that are not spiritual masters, gurus or experts.
I think maybe I am making far too much out of all of this. Maybe the secret is in not taking things too seriously. Hence the value of cartoons and those books. If life is a mirror and what we think is reflected back at us, I prefer comedy over drama.
Now I think I will go and have a laugh, as much as possible today. For no reason, just because I love to laugh. Laughter is the best medicine after all. I do not know the author of that quote but I feel that it is a fitting end to this reflection. I hope you all have a moment today where you find yourself laughing out loud.

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1 thought on “Taking things too seriously”

  1. Good stuff….It’s all in the perspective how we view things .
    ”chill” and a cleansed mind work wonders, as well as avoiding sweating the small stuff.Keeping an open valve to vent off is as productive as keeping an open mind to simplify how we view things.
    Ciao

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