Thoughts on Action

The following thoughts are a response to the craze of constant and maddening action we are encouraged to take through our societal programming. There is an intense concentration of orientation and prompt to make continuous moves. Working to force events and banging your head against a wall makes for the sick climate we currently live in. Every time I go on LinkedIn (why do I torture myself), “wise words” are spat at me to keep going, slam my body repeatedly against closed doors, and endlessly, fitfully cram myself into arenas designed by select people who make a lot of money by defining what “success” looks like.

Enough with action. That is, enough with uninspired, outwardly-directed or authorized action. Action is a deeply internal inspiration that lives inside of us, and is unique to each individual. The action of one individual may look utterly stupid, futile, or lazy from the perspective of another. A sick society will have you following online gurus who simply cannot know your entire circumstance, dreams, and trajectory.

Action is a powerful force that can be used for your good, or a misguided attempt at moving along with what society will have you think is good for you. Inspired action is the thing of real power. It comes straight from the highest version of yourself and guides you through your one-of-a-kind life experience. Ignoring my inspired action (which is not so coincidently also the path of least resistance) has led me down some roads that were forced and made me feel unlike myself. Listening to society’s actions for me has landed me in a split identification. There’s the me that interacts on a superficial level in the work arena, and the me that interacts with myself and the people in know personally outside of work.

How can we be sound-minded if we have such disparaging personas that we have to turn on and off multiple times a day? If we let our inspiration guide us, we can reconcile who we show to the professional world and outside of it, and live in unity with ourselves. Let us stop making ourselves sick over others telling us what action looks and feels like.