This week I heard a saying. One that is pretty simple when you first hear it, and only consists of two words. But these two words hold so much meaning when you really sit and think about them. You may be thinking ‘how can two words hold so much meaning?’. But that is just it. How we all interpret things in our daily lives will differ from person to person. One person will see something in one way, and another person may see it in a completely different way. But that is the beauty of being an individual. The world would be a pretty boring place if we all had the same opinions, and all looked at every situation from the same view point.
We are the Information Age. Never has it been so easy and so quick to get information, and we are bombarded with all sorts through each day. Now don’t get me wrong, in our modern world this is key, and information and knowledge are power. However, there is a ‘but’, and to me it’s a pretty big but. Our lives now revolve around technology, games, social media, television, computers and the list goes on and on and on. It is so incredibly easy to lose hours of our days consumed by technology. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of this. I often find myself reading through news, checking emails or messages, or just browsing the internet because ‘it’s there’. There is often no real purpose, but because it is there and occupies my mind, I will just instinctively do it. I believe that without even realising it, our brains, our unconscious mind will take us down the easy path, all in an attempt to provide comfort and safety as all it wants is to protect us.
This is where these two words come in. These two little words, 6 letters in total that have really made me think what life is about. It’s as simple as ‘look up’.....
Is that it? I’ve read all of this for ‘look up’? Well yes that is it. These two words hold so much more meaning in our modern day lives than ever before. Think about it. All the technology I mentioned earlier drives us to look down and become consumed. It is slowly making us a lot more unsociable as a species. Isn’t that ironic how social media might actually be making us more unsocial. Anyway, my point is that if we all take some time everyday, to simply ‘look up’ and take in the world around us, it might just do us all the world of good. This could come in many forms. Why not set a goal to have an hour a day where you don’t use any technology? Go for a walk, talk to your family, spend some time outdoors. We will get so much more benefit from this time than we even realise. Just remember to ‘look up’, and I am sure we will all be surprised about what we see.
A guest entry from Harry Pankhurst, Chartered Physiotherapist, and Property Investor. Harry states: I am a great believer in having a positive outlook on life and I am constantly working on trying to better myself as a person.