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We are freed and imprisoned by our thoughts

In this world of overwork, unemployment, getting stuck in a bad career, and chronic disappointment one may be tempted to seek solace among cynics.

What does cynicism cost us? It dulls our souls and makes us distant. We distrust the intentions of others. We come to expect the betrayal of others. It is cowardly and gives us a licence not to try. We become prematurely disappointed in the future.

If we believe that nothing can be done about the economy, climate change, global violence, or those suffering in our communities, then we bear no responsibility. We retreat into a small sphere of private life and leave the rest of the world to take care of itself. We justify our passivity.

Cynicism is coupled with feelings of bitterness and resignation isolating one from the world, family and friends. Life is not for the faint of heart. You can not live through it without falling to some level of frustration. One must put aside pride long enough to do some honest self-examination and see how much cynicism has infiltrated our life.

Working for a larger common good is not the work of the innocent, leaving no likely outcome except heartbreak. Yes, cynical resignation temporailily eases the pain of unrealized hope. If we fool ourselves into thinking that little can change, we don’t have to risk acting on our dreams. We never have to fight for what we believe in. We never need to aspire to do and be more. We’ll never be disappointed.

There is so much in life that we cannot control. It makes our world seem inexplicable. We benefit from focusing our attention to things worth being thankful for. Be mindful to give thanks for all those small daily positive events, acts of kindness, better than usual results and so many other life experiences that provide opportunities for special notice.
This practice is a way of countering the onslaught of negative news and information that is poured into our consciousness. Over time, it can cause pain and build up into cynicism, pessimism and despair.

Cynicism is self-defeating. Truly successful people are not cynics. Cynicism is the opposite of success. If you’re working toward your passion it’s hard to be limited by cynicism



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