We all have it

Every one of us has it.

The gift that is life.

What we do with it is our choice.

We all have our own unique gifts too, the little something that we can do and only us. The thing we have mastered. What it is, does not matter, there is no talent that is more or less worthy than another.

We could make the choice to share that gift and to share it for no other reason than to bring joy to ourselves and others. The gift could be empathy, love, kindness, knowledge, a task, sharing a skill, sharing something special that we have created…words, songs, art, music…whatever it is. Just a warm meaningful smile.

This is what our culture lacks, the willingness to share for no gain, other than joy.

Cultures are what we collectively create, we could choose to create a different one.

What will we all share with the world? We can share more than once too, we could share every day.

Content consumption

We used to read a newspaper in the morning or watch TV news at 9pm once a day.

Now we have 24-hour news channels, online news (fake and real), social media and more.

We used to call our friends once a week and share photos of our holiday once a year with family or friends.

Now we Snapchat them every few moments and upload pictures of ourselves, our lunch, our pets, our bikini, drops of rain running down windows, paint drying…you get the picture.

We used to read a magazine once a week or at the Doctor’s waiting room.

Now we have millions of blog sites, podcasts, and other online articles and information.

So what?

Has all this content consumption made any difference to our lives? Are we more purposeful? More healthy? Better informed? More educated? More represented? freer? More in control? Live with more meaning? More alive? More respectful? More empathetic? More anything that the content elicits we should do. Does any of this gorging of words and images get applied to our lives?

Perhaps we are just consumed by content, like some addictive disease and forgetting the essential thing, to actually live our lives in the present moment, the only moment we are actually alive. Is this the opium to avoid life?