“F*&k its freezing” Its a cold winter morning and just before I get out of bed my mind chatter starts and my first battle of the day begins. The warm caress of my blankets flirt with my mind enticing it to stay and encouraging my ‘comfort’ to rest a little longer and then eventually for another hour or so. I feel an urge rise from my gut, as if forcing me to move and live. My urge to live a prosperous life takes over me and I win the battle for the day.
Its early morning and Tomas Reedy makes his way down to the docks with hundreds of other Irishmen, ready to embark on a journey that will last for months. So much death, pain and anguish he has seen and experienced in his years. He had signed the old book at his homestead stating that he was leaving Ireland and embarking on a journey of his lifetime. He would leave everything that was familiar to him including his parents. His urge to live a better life took over and he contained his fear as he made his way to board the ship.
Lately I’ve been thinking about what drives me to do what I do. For many years I’ve exercised early in the morning but it hasn’t been until the last 8 months that I’ve formed what I call a micro routine to prepare me holistically for the day and my life.
So what drives me? Why do so many people worldwide fail to thrive or to even survive? Maybe reframing this in a heroic sense through traditional stories could help rekindle that thrive or survive instinct? Tapping into this could bring about more change.
I often think of the courage, adversity and ‘desire’ to thrive from the stories of my ancestors. Stories of war, discovery and love grip me at a deep level. Could these stories help others strive for a better life?
Stories like that of my great ancestor Paikea who survived his brother’s murderous plot to drown him at sea. Not only did he survive but it is said he boarded a great canoe and sailed thousands of miles to the land of the ‘Great White Cloud’ or New Zealand. My great great grandfather Thomas Tein Reedy who fled the potato famine in Ireland, boarding what they called one of the many ‘coffin’ ships to make his way to New Zealand to live a better life.
For hundreds and thousands of years stories with the ‘survive and thrive’ theme have been prevalent in every culture. Heroes overcoming adversity and obstacles to win the day and eventually live a better life
Fast forward to today and we no longer have any real external threats (in Western society anyway) to tear us away from our innate want for comfort.
These ‘external’ threats have been replaced by layers of ‘false satisfaction’ that feed our ‘comfort’ and because the consequences are not as immediate they have now become entrenched unquestioningly into the fabric of everyday life.
The ‘threat’ has now taken refuge in our habits, it is fiercely protected by our emotions and is winning the battle.
No where more evident of this winning battle is in the staggering poor health statistics, increase of mental illness, mortality and suicide rates worldwide.
I understand that wider social cultural and political influences are huge contributing factors to this threat on humanity but we cannot wait for those influences to change.
I believe we have come to a precipice in our society where we need to use methods and or ideas that tap into our innate ‘survive and thrive’ instincts to overcome the influences on ‘comfort’ .
We must see ourselves as the hero of our personal story battling to be the best we can be. Is this not the most worthy war of all?
The ultimate prize is a ‘better’ life free from the chains of mental limitation, of poor health, of bad relationships, a life of self-reliance and deep fulfilment.
Although the consequences of ‘comfort’ seem more long term than immediate they need to be treated and seen as a direct threat to our lives right ‘now’. .
Whether we like it or not we are creating our future right now through our decisions and actions. Seeing ourselves as the hero who ‘thrives’ in the face of ‘comfort’ can give us a starting point to pull us out of our bad habits.
By consistency and perseverance we become more adept at overcoming our comfort and moving into a thriving state of being.
Our decisions and actions now can echo throughout the generations to come. Will they see us as people who ‘thrived’ or as slaves to comfort?
So how can I make this happen?
Look to the past and present to role models who thrive. Imagine being in their shoes. What does it feel like? How do they act? How do they behave? What are they doing? Create images of these answers in your imagination. Burn them into your subconscious through consistent practice. Revisit these throughout the day, lean into those images and feel them.
See yourself as the hero of your journey winning the battle through your ability to use your innate survival instinct to be the best you can be.
Win the little battles at home day by day and ‘be’ a person who thrives.
Have a great day and thanks for reading this blog to the end.
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