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Apathy As A Virtue

On investing your energy wisely.

Apathy : The absence of interest in or enthusiasm for things generally considered interesting or moving

Every once in awhile we as humans fall prey to some sort of version of an emotional  energy trap.  It may be some circumstance, or relationship, or conflict or state of being that consumes us, distracts us, slows us down and gets us off track.   In the midst of these distractions all to often it is our dreams, our vision our purpose that we tend to become apathetic to.

I know I have had times in my life that I have been so caught up in my “stuff” that I cannot even begin to think about what I really want to do, places I want to go and the person I am choosing to grow into.

This made me realize – perhaps the opposite it also true.  Perhaps the opposite also SHOULD be true.

I have decided it is possible to get so caught up in your best self that you naturally don’t even notice or rapidly and with ease recover from the life diminishing, energy draining distractions that tend to come along.

What I am talking about is not the same as avoiding, pretending or denying the existence of circumstances that present a challenge.  What I am talking about is keeping it in perspective.  In the grand scheme of things how much will it matter?  In contrast to your own well-being, happiness and ability to get to where you want to go, is it worthy of the energy and attention you are giving it?

I find it suspicious that apathy is determined by what is “generally considered” (as in by others, by the masses, by the status quo) to be interesting or moving. It makes me want to say “I GET TO CHOOSE” what I am going to let myself truly care about and what and who I am going to give my precious energy to.

One last metaphor to bring my point home:  Imagine your energy as if it were money.  How much are you willing to spend to stay in this place?  What is the likely return on investment?

Sometimes it is simply time to shift your focus and energy to the things that serve to grow and enrich you.

What will you let bring joy to you today?

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